Foot Predictions shows the Australian A-League clash on Saturday between Western United and Sydney FC, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Champions in title Sydney FC will aim to make three consecutive wins when they travel to the GMHBA Stadium to face Western United on Saturday.
The hosts will try to kick-start the season, as they are tenth in the A-League standings after a disappointing five-game win streak.
Western United will try to get up and run when they return to Geelong on Saturday after a poor start to the A-League 2020-21 campaign.
Mark RudanThe team’s players have won just five points out of a possible 15 and are currently in tenth place on the leaderboard with two draws and two defeats.
In a disappointing performance, the hosts lost the lead twice and fell in the 3-2 loss to the Central Coast Mariners last time.
On the other hand, visitors are still looking for their third consecutive A-League win after an impressive start to the campaign.
After a 2-1 win over Wellington in the league debut, the Sky Blues drew against Western Sydney Wanderers before suffering a 2-0 loss to the Central Coast Mariners.
Yet, Steve CoricaThe men on the team quickly recovered from the loss to the league leaders and won consecutive victories against Macarthur and Wellington Phoenix.
In the clash against Wellington last time, a pair from the New Zealand international Kosta Barbarouses inspired Sydney to a 2-1 win, which took him to fifth place on the leaderboard.
Western United and Sydney only faced each other twice, when both sides shared the spoils with a victory each in the two meetings of last season.
Two goals in the first half Adam Le Fondre gave the visitors a 2-0 victory on Matchday 1, while Rudan’s men managed a 2-1 victory at Leichhardt Oval Stadium in their most recent encounter.
This is the fifth time that Rudan and Corica have faced each other in their technical careers, with the latter having a slight advantage after adding three victories over Rudan’s two.
Western United have a decent record at home this season, as they are unbeaten with a win and two draws, while Sydney have won both games away from home so far.
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Western United will be driven by the return of Max Burgess, who is expected to reach the XI holder after an extended holiday.
Mark Rudan will still be without the services of the midfielder Joshua Risdon, which remains away with a broken tibia, while Seb Pasquali will also lose due to injury.
Sydney, for its part, has a relatively long list of injuries for this game.
Australian born midfielder Chris Zuvela is a doubt after catching an injury the last time, while the goalkeeper Adam Pavlesic remains out of the game after a major upheaval in the AFC Champions League in December.
Harry Van der Saag is also on the list of injuries for visitors with an ankle problem, but lateral Michael Zullo he is expected to return to the fold after recovering from a calf injury.
Possible initial line-up for Western United:
Kurto; Calver, Durante, Vujica; Uskok, Sanchez, Lustica, Imai; Burgess, Diamanti, Berisha
Possible starting lineup for Sydney FC:
Redmayne; King, Warland, Wilkinson, Grant; Brattan, Baumjohann, Ninkovic, Cáceres; Barbaries, Buhagiar
Probability: Western United 1-3 Sydney FC
Western United have failed to take action this season and face a team from Sydney who seem to have found their rhythm.
The current champions have been impeccable away from home and, for having a stronger squad, they should add the three points unscathed.