Match Preview: Sydney FC v Western United

Sydney FC return to Netstrata Jubilee off the back of a gritty 2-1 away win over Adelaide United last Friday night.

Steve Corica’s side came under intense pressure towards the end of the second half but took their chances when it mattered most. Sydney FC were boosted by the return of star striker Adam Le Fondre who came on as a second half substitute against Adelaide.

Steve Corica will be sweating on the fitness of Mustafa Amini who left the field early in the second half with a hamstring injury.

Team news: For the clash against Western United, Steve Corica will welcome back Socceroos duo Andrew Redmayne and Rhyan Grant. Corica will have to make a tough decision as Callum Talbot and Tom Heward-Belle have been impressive in the duo’s absence.

Adam Le Fondre may look to start while Brazilian striker Bobô will be pushing for a spot in the starting eleven after starting the last three matches as a substitute while coming on and scoring in all three of those games.

For Western United, coach John Aloisi and his side are coming off the back of a 1-0 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers. The Melbourne side sit on top of the ladder and are starting to hit their straps with marquee man Alessandro Diamanti dictating play in the midfield while Serbian striker Aleksandar Prijović continues to impress after scoring the winner in their clash against the Wanderers. Former Inter Milan midfielder and Slovenian international Rene Krhin could make his first start for the club after coming from the bench in their last match.

One to watch: Alessandro Diamanti

The Italian oozes class and plays a similar role to Western United to that of Milos Ninkovic’s at Sydney FC. Diamanti will look to orchestrate United’s midfield and unlock the Sydney FC defence.

Last time: Sydney FC 1 (Le Fondre), Western United 0, Mars Stadium, 15th May 2021.

How to watch: If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch the match live on Channel 10 or through Paramount+ via a subscription.

Key timings: 4.30 pm Box Office (Gate D only) Open
4.45 pm Gate A & D open (Gate B hand scanners for Gate A, Gate C hand scanners for Gate D)
5.05 pm ALM: Wellington v Adelaide kick-off
6.45 pm Gate B & C open
7.45 pm ALM: Sydney FC v Western United kick-off