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Western United will play Sydney FC for the third time in just over a month when it travels across the border to face the Sky Blues on Saturday night.
United has taken four points from the reigning runners-up so far this season and will look to extend an unbeaten run currently spanning nine A-League Men matches.
Sydney FC vs Western United
Saturday, 19 March
Kick-off: 7:45pm AEDT
Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
Broadcast: The match will be broadcast live on Paramount+
Sydney FC: DLLLW
Western United: WWWWD
Sydney snapped a three-match losing streak in their last match, securing an important 2-0 victory over Perth Glory in Western Australia.
Kosta Barbarouses was on the scoresheet for the first time this season to help secure the win, which is just their third in the last 12 matches in all domestic competitions.
A 5-0 win in an AFC Champions League play-off match prior to that will add to the confidence though, as Steve Corica’s side looks to maintain its charge on a finals spot.
Western United is in quite the opposite run of form, with six wins and no defeats in the last nine matches taking the Green and Black all the way to the top of the table.
A pulsating 2-2 draw against Melbourne City last time out brought an end to a four-game winning run, but John Aloisi’s side remains tied with City at the top of the league while holding two games in hand on its rivals.
After struggling through thee opening meetings between the two sides, Western United has found its form against the Sky Blues in the two meetings so far this season.
Sydney won three of the first four matches between the teams, but United has turned that around with a draw and a win this season.
Steven Lustica has scored both of United’s goals against Sydney across the two matches, and the No.10 will be hoping both he and the rest of his teammates are on song to secure another win.
Western United Head Coach will have a late decision to make on Alessandro Diamanti’s availability. The Italian skipper has missed the last four matches with a sore knee and will hope to be involved again soon.
Connor Pain will be pushing for a return to the starting XI after completing his comeback from injury in the City match, while Rene Krhin could be in line for a fourth consecutive start and some increased minutes in midfield.