Australian soccer has officially proved itself worthy of respect amongst Asia’s top professional leagues. Last night Western Sydney Wanderers shocked K-League opponents Ulsan Hyundai with a 2-nil win in Korea Republic. In an even bigger shock Melbourne Victory defeated continental king-pins Guangzhou Evergrande in Melbourne in front of 13,000 plus fans.
Wanderers now sit atop Group H with just one group match remaining. The fact that match is against strugglers Guizhou Renhe has this blogger labelling it a foregone conclusion that Wests are going to top their group. Arguments for this fate tempting prediction are plenty.
- Guizhou Renhe will make the more than 9 hour flight to Sydney with absolutely no motivation as they cannot advance from the group.
- Wanderers will be fresh as there is no action for teams one and two from the A-League in this the first weekend of the finals series.
- Wanderers are currently on 9 points as are Kawasaki, but the J-League team is less likely to take all three points against a desperate Ulsan Hyundai fighting for survival on 7 points.
- If Kawasaki do win it’s unlikely they’ll surpass Wanderers goal difference as the A-League team is likely to rout Guizhou Renhe.