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Venue: Coopers Stadium
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Hyundai A-League preview: Reds v Wanderers

What a difference a year makes! Adelaide United host Western Sydney Wanderers in a rematch of last season's Hyundai A-League grand final with only the visitors set to compete beyond this week.

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Coopers Stadium, Adelaide

Kick-Off: 7:20PM (Local) (7:50PM (AEST))

Referee: Chris Beath

Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream

Assistant Referee 2: Paul Cetrangolo

Fourth Official: Daniel Elder

Video Assistant Referee: Craig Zetter

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on Fox Sports 505 from 7.45pm (AEST) and Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand) 

Radio Broadcast: ABC Grandstand Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live, Hawkesbury Radio

The Reds celebrate Mark Ochieng's winner against Melbourne City in Round 15.

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Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk) (c), 2.Michael MARRONE, 3.Iacopo LA ROCCA, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Taylor REGAN, 7.Jae-sung KIM, 8.ISAIAS, 9.Baba DIAWARA, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 11.Sergio CIRIO, 12.Mark OCHIENG, 15.Ben WARLAND, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIC, 18.Riley McGREE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 24.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 30.Daniel MARGUSH (gk), 92.Eli BABALJ

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 12.Mark OCHIENG (promoted), 15.Ben WARLAND (promoted), 24.Jordan O’DOHERTY (returns from injury)

Outs: 21.Tarek ELRICH (knee – season)

Unavailable: 23.Jordan ELSEY (knee – season)

Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 2.Shannon COLE, 5.Brendan HAMILL, 6.Mitch NICHOLS, 7.Steven LUSTICA, 8.DIMAS (c), 10.Nicolás MARTÍNEZ, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 13.Bruno PIÑATARES, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 17.Aritz BORDA, 18.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 21.Mario SHABOW, 24.Terry ANTONIS, 29.Ryan GRIFFITHS, 49.Abraham MAJOK, 54.Kosta GROZOS

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 2.Shannon COLE, 13.Bruno PIÑATARES, 17.Aritz BORDA, 21.Mario SHABOW, 29.Ryan GRIFFITHS, 49.Abraham MAJOK, 54.Kosta GROZOS (all promoted)

Wanderers' Bruno Pinatares clears the ball from Victory's Besart Berisha.

Outs: 3.Jack CLISBY, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 14.Jumpei KUSUKAMI, 22.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 23.Lachlan SCOTT (all rested)

Unavailable: Jacob MELLING (back – indefinite) 

BLUFFER'S GUIDE

A little under a year ago, the Reds defeated the Wanderers 3-1 in front of over 50,000 excited fans at the Adelaide Oval to claim their maiden Hyundai A-League championship.

Fast forward to Saturday night and Adelaide's defence of 'the Toilet Seat' will officially come to an end as they have failed to qualify for the 2016/17 finals.

It has been a rapid fall from grace for Guillermo Amor's side, while Western Sydney are only in slightly better shape having snuck into the top six thanks to a late season surge.

The Wanderers are unbeaten in five A-League matches and could even finish fifth with a win in South Australia if Melbourne City defeats Perth Glory on Sunday.

Both sides had AFC Champions League (ACL) commitments on Tuesday night with Adelaide securing a superb win away to Jeju United to stay in contention for a berth in the Round of 16, while Western Sydney lost 3-2 at home to FC Seoul to effectively exit the continental competition.

Dylan McGowan celebrates his goal in Adelaide United's stunning win over Jeju United in the ACL on Tuesday night.

The home side will be looking to maintain their good form ahead of another must-win ACL game away to Gamba Osaka on April 25, while the Wanderers need to bounce back ahead of next week's elimination final where they are likely to face either City or Brisbane Roar.

The Red-and-Black drew 0-0 at home against Melbourne Victory last week despite having an extra player for over half an hour, while Adelaide lost 1-0 away to City.

OPTA DATA

* Four of the last six games between the Reds and the Wanderers have ended in a draw, three of which not seeing a single goal scored.

* Western Sydney Wanderers won on their last excursion to the South Australian capital and will now be looking for consecutive wins there for the first time.

* Adelaide United will be hunting for back-to-back home wins against opposition from New South Wales for the first time since last season.

* Western Sydney Wanderers have won only one of their last eight games outside of New South Wales (D3, L4).

ROUTE TO GOAL

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is likely to bring veteran Brendon Santalab back into his starting XI for the trip to South Australia.

Santalab sat on the bench against Seoul as Lachlan Scott played 90 minutes up front, with the teenager producing an impressive header in second-half stoppage time as Western Sydney mounted a late - if futile - charge.

Popovic's side have found their scoring touch in all competitions since mid-March and Santalab has been critical to that, with the 34-year-old scoring five goals, while Scott, Terry Antonis, Jaushua Sotirio and Rob Cornthwaite have each added two.

Despite two wins and two draws in their past five A-League games, Adelaide remains the worst scorers in the competition with just 23 goals from 26 matches.

The Reds have been dangerous from set-pieces recently though, with centre-back Dylan McGowan having scored in three of their past four games in all competitions, while mid-season recruit Baba Diawara has four in 10.

In the 3-1 win over Jeju, Kim Jae-sung scored a cracking opener, while McGowan and Riley McGree hit the back of the net in the second half to secure three points in the ACL.

WHO'S BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK?

Lachlan Scott. The 19-year-old scored his fourth goal in all competitions when he nodded Nico Martinez's cross inside the near post against Seoul to continue his promising debut season.

Lachlan Scott

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Wanderers fightback earns draw with Reds

Western Sydney Wanderers came from two goals down to salvage an entertaining 2-2 draw against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Saturday night.

Trailing 2-0 at the break, the under-strength visitors turned in a commanding second half display to deny Adelaide a positive end to their nightmare title defence.

Tony Popovic rested a raft of key players and the hosts exposed Wanderers’ unfamiliarity early as Marcelo Carrusca scored from the spot before Dylan McGowan doubled the advantage in the 38th minute.

Eugene Galekovic denied Wanderers a way back into the game on the stroke of half-time, producing a vintage low save to keep out Nico Martinez’s penalty.

Western Sydney did pull a goal back through skipper Dimas just after the hour and were deservedly level when Steven Lustica converted the match’s third penalty.

The draw means the reigning champions conclude their campaign in ninth, while Wanderers moved at least momentarily ahead of Perth Glory on goal difference.

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GOALS

1-0 Adelaide: Carrusca (p), 10’

After Aritz Borda chopped down Eli Babalj in the area, Carrusca stepped up and stroked the resultant penalty into the top right corner.

2-0 Adelaide: McGowan, 38’

McGowan, staying forward as Carrusca’s corner bounced around the area, stuck out a boot to convert Sergio Cirio’s drive.

Adelaide United players celebrate Dylan McGowan's goal against the Wanderers on Saturday night.

2-1 Wanderers: Dimas, 63’

Dimas chased in Lustica’s free-kick and was perfectly-placed to nod home when it rattled back off the crossbar.

2-2 Wanderers: Lustica (p), 74’

Iacopo La Rocca gave away his second penalty of the night, clattering into Shannon Cole and affording Lustica the chance to equalise from the spot.

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