Wanderers’ trophy hunt: ‘four finals to go’

Wanderers midfielder Mitch Nichols says this weekend’s clash against Adelaide will definitely have a finals feel as both sides chase the Premiers Plate.

Western Sydney sit second on the ladder on goal difference, just two points above the Reds, having claimed a narrow win over the Jets last weekend.

The 1-0 win last weekend saw the Wanderers keep their first clean sheet in ten matches but Nichols said Guillermo Amor’s Reds would prove a different proposition.

“It’s essentially four finals that we’ve got now,” Nichols told reporters on Thursday.

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“We’re equal top of the league and if we keep performing and keep picking up points it puts us in good stead for that trophy.”

Wanderers players celebrate Jaushua Sotirio's first-half strike against the Jets.

Adelaide remain the only side the Wanderers haven’t beaten this season with both previous encounters ending in a draw.

Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Tony Popovic’s side have never surrendered all three points at Pirtek in this fixture, while the Reds are on a five-match winning streak on the road.

“They’ve been on a great run but they lost their first game [in a while] last weekend and will be looking to bounce back,” said Nichols.

“They play pretty open, so it’s about us being patient and taking our chances.

“We probably didn’t take our chances against Newcastle last week but it’s a good sign that we’re creating so much.

Western Sydney Wanderers' Mitch Nichols.

“If we continue down that line we’re going to start putting teams away.”