西悉尼流浪者 Western Sydney Wanderers
- Paddy Power夺冠赔率：7.00
Last Season: 2nd and Grand Final Runners-Up
Manager: Tony Popovic
Preferred formation/s: 4-2-3-1
IN - Seyi Adeleke (From Lazio), Dean Bouzanis (From Carlisle United), Romeo Castelen (From RKC Waalwijk), Antony Golec (From Asian Champions League squad), Brendan Hamill (From Seongnam FC), Vitor Saba (From Brescia)
OUT - Josh Barresi (Signed with Newcastle Jets), Michael Beauchamp (Released), Adam D***8217;Apuzzo (Released), Dean Heffernan (Retired), Youssouf Hersi (Signed with Perth Glory), Tahj Minniecon (Released), Aaron Mooy (Signed with Melbourne City), Jerome Polenz (Released), Shinji Ono (Released), Jerrad Tyson (Released)
Team summary: The Wanderers will look to go one better this season following Grand Final heartbreak on consecutive occasions - not bad for a franchise that has only been in existence since 2012. What is all the more remarkable is that they are only the second A-League club ever to reach an Asian Champions League final, following Adelaide United's feat in 2008. Western Sydney will play Saudi outfit, Al Hilal, over 2 legs (home and away) to determine the champions of Asia. Tony Popovic should take great credit for building such a successful side from scratch. His managerial nous will be called upon again this season as the Wanderers are in somewhat of a transitional phase with so many key players leaving the club.
Conclusion: No less than 5 players from last season's starting XI have departed the club for one reason or another. The backbone of the team is still there - as has been most evident in the ACL with their excellent defensive displays. Western Sydney remain a very difficult team to break down. RBB favourite, Shinji Ono, has returned to his native Japan while Youssouf Hersi and Aaron Mooy have signed for fellow A-League clubs Perth Glory and Melbourne City, respectively. Along with veteran Dutch winger, Romeo Castelen, and versatile Nigerian defender, Seyi Adeleke (on loan from Lazio), a lot is expected of Brazilian marquee signing, Vitor Saba. Vitor has been brought in from Serie B club, Brescia, as a direct replacement for Ono. The early signs are that Saba will be a real hit this season and not just for his impressive beard. Perhaps it will be a case of third time lucky for the red and black!
Predicted finish: 2nd