Match Thread - WS Wanderers vs Leeds United (Sat 20th July)

19 Jul 2019 08:55 pm, by YorkshireSquare


Western Sydney Wanderers vs Leeds United

Saturday 20th July 2019 10:00am | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney


Leeds face Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday at 10.00am BST for the second game of their Australian tour. Western Sydney are a young team, established only 7 years ago, but has established itself as a major force in both Australia and Asia, having won one A-League Premiership and an AFC Champions League title in its short history. They are managed by former German international Markus Babbel who had a spell in Englad with Liverpool early this century. Australian league sides are limited to only five non-Australian players so there are little in the way of household names though they do have a young Austrlalian striker of the name Kwame Yeboah which will echo with Leeds fans.

Leeds lost 4-0 to Manchester United on Wednesday in the first game of the tour but what can you learn playing a friendly on the other side of the world with a weakened side against a team who have one player worth more than your entire club? Probably not a great deal more than we already knew. The Leeds line-up was probably short of four players we would expect to start next season but we lack pace at the back with a Berardi and Cooper central defensive partnership, we don’t convert enough of our chances, Bamford and Roofe probably can’t play together in this system and we missed Klich. As much as they are our old rivals, the result doesn’t matter a feeling shared by Bielsa as he flew in and out for the minimum time possible.


Leeds squad available for the match;
Kiko Casilla, Kamil Miazek, Barry Douglas, Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas, Gaetano Berardi, Bryce Hosannah, Clarke Oduor, Adam Forshaw, Pablo Hernandez, Jack Harrison, Kalvin Phillips, Jordan Stevens, Mateusz Bogusz, Kemar Roofe, Patrick Bamford


The game will be avaialble on LUTV at £5.00 for a match pass.

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Kyle_5351 wrote on 24 Jul 2019 07:21 am

1964white wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:47 am
Glad you & your wife got to see Leeds Kyle, must have been a great experience for you both. Now you realised what I have to endure in the majority of our games :lol: great to watch but my god we don't half make hard work of winning games. We cannot expect or rely on Pablo saving our hides every game.

No disrespect to WSW but I know for certain championship clubs will be much more clever with tactics on how to beat us, as with last season they'll probably only need a couple of chances to put the game to bed.
I completely agree, WSW or any club here in Australia are no where near the same level, but we ultimately did struggle against the teams last season who sat back, absorbed the pressure and looked to counter us. We found that very hard to break down at times last season and it is something that the side needs to overcome. I remember a stat that was along the lines of Leeds entering the box 27 times against WSW. We are creating some very good opportunities in front of goal, we just need to be more clinical.

I took a lot of positives out of both of the games played over here, especially considering we have no much more to join the first 11 once the season starts.

1964white wrote on 24 Jul 2019 06:47 am

Kyle_5351 wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:31 am
What a whirlwind couple of days this was. Ended up flying down on the Saturday morning and flying back on the Sunday. It was well worth it though and we had an amazing time. I ended up losing my wife temporarily at half time. I went to the bathroom and when I came out she had disappeared, but with a group of Leeds supporters singing and chanting near by, I knew exactly where she would have gone. Yes, as it turns out she was well in the middle of it...

The new stadium WSW have is truly amazing. My wife and I were seating not far above the Leeds active area and the view was astonishing. We will make arrangements to go back down when our local team plays there this season.

As for the game, it was a good first half to watch and I was happy that the Wanderers came out looking to play football. Unfortunately once they scored the goal, it was pretty much all one way traffic like we saw many of times in the Championship last season. That sort of defending is hard to break down, but we need to find a way, as I am sure plenty of teams will be trying the tactic to absorb the pressure and look to counter.
Glad you & your wife got to see Leeds Kyle, must have been a great experience for you both. Now you realised what I have to endure in the majority of our games :lol: great to watch but my god we don't half make hard work of winning games. We cannot expect or rely on Pablo saving our hides every game.

No disrespect to WSW but I know for certain championship clubs will be much more clever with tactics on how to beat us, as with last season they'll probably only need a couple of chances to put the game to bed.

Kyle_5351 wrote on 24 Jul 2019 06:31 am

What a whirlwind couple of days this was. Ended up flying down on the Saturday morning and flying back on the Sunday. It was well worth it though and we had an amazing time. I ended up losing my wife temporarily at half time. I went to the bathroom and when I came out she had disappeared, but with a group of Leeds supporters singing and chanting near by, I knew exactly where she would have gone. Yes, as it turns out she was well in the middle of it...

The new stadium WSW have is truly amazing. My wife and I were seating not far above the Leeds active area and the view was astonishing. We will make arrangements to go back down when our local team plays there this season.

As for the game, it was a good first half to watch and I was happy that the Wanderers came out looking to play football. Unfortunately once they scored the goal, it was pretty much all one way traffic like we saw many of times in the Championship last season. That sort of defending is hard to break down, but we need to find a way, as I am sure plenty of teams will be trying the tactic to absorb the pressure and look to counter.

PaulWSW wrote on 23 Jul 2019 08:28 am

YorkshireSquare wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:02 am
Opposite over here, no standing allowed, though Leeds fans stand all game. Rugby League on the other hand has plenty of terraces, some of them I deffinitely wouldnt describe as 'safe standing'.
Yeh, I'm pretty aware of that but thanks. Our newly installed safe standing is a ground breaker over here. Hopefully it is installed in more new stadiums here.
It was a first on Saturday night. They only sold 1 ticket per 1 regular seat for the safe standing area and then everyone moved into the middle bays, making it look like the area wasn't sold out. Our authorities will hopefully learn that it's ok to sell 2-3 tickets for every seat and then the safe standing areas could be filled. It will also increase the capacity of the stadium to about 31500 - 32000, as opposed to the current seated capacity of 30000.

YorkshireSquare wrote on 23 Jul 2019 08:02 am

PaulWSW wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:03 am
The Eels and their fans hate the idea of safe standing, so as I said, it gets removed after we play there and is replaced by seating.

Opposite over here, no standing allowed, though Leeds fans stand all game. Rugby League on the other hand has plenty of terraces, some of them I deffinitely wouldnt describe as 'safe standing'.