Western Sydney Wanderers conclude their AFC Champions League Group F campaign on a high when they host Shanghai SIPG at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Wednesday.
Western Sydney Wanderers head into Matchday 6 knowing that their fate is already sealed, but the final game in Group F has greater significance for Shanghai SIPG.
Wanderers are rooted to the bottom of the group with the 6-1 defeat to Urawa Red Diamonds two weeks ago ending their slim hopes of qualifiction.
A disappointing campaign has yielded just one win and four defeats, Tony Popovic’s side conceding 20 goals in their five games – including five as they lost 5-1 to Shanghai SIPG in China in February.
Home advantage is likely to be of little comfort either with Western Sydney having lost both games at Campbelltown Sports Stadium during the campaign.
They must also do without Jack Clisby and Brendan Hamill as both sit out the game through suspension. Shannon Cole, meanwhile, will captain the Wanderers on his final appearance in black and red.
Andre Villas-Boas’ Shanghai SIPG are guaranteed a place in the round of 16, but the Chinese Super League side could still finish top of the group.
Shanghai must better the result of leaders Urawa Red Diamonds, who face FC Seoul, if they are to finish as group winners. However, they will be without key duo Oscar and Hulk for the trip to Sydney.
- Western Sydney Wanderers have conceded 20 goals in five games
- Shanghai SIPG must better the result of Urawa Red Diamonds to top the group
- Shanghai won the reverse fixture 5-1 in February