Western Sydney Wanderers: A-League 2019/20 preview
Coach Markus Babbel has overhauled Western Sydney Wanderers, with the team now ready to put on a great show for the fans.
Last season wasn't easy for the Wanderers. The team struggled throughout the campaign, finishing eighth and missing out on the finals. Still, it's important to note they improved their performance during the second half of the season, even managing a shock 3-0 win against Melbourne City.
Now, Western Sydney Wanderers will finally settle at Bankwest Stadium after three years without a home, a move that should ensure a significant morale boost. Coach Markus Babbel has worked hard to overhaul the team for the 2019/20 A-League season, so fans should expect some surprises in the months to come.
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History of Western Sydney Wanderers
Formed in April 2012, Western Sydney Wanderers were established with a strong community focus. They joined the A-League and enjoyed a record-breaking inaugural season, winning a premiership and reaching the 2013 Grand Final. They also contested the 2014 Grand Final and finished second in their second season in the league.
Despite a strong start, the Wanderers stumbled through their latest two A-League campaigns. Former German international Markus Babbel was appointed head coach in May 2018 and went on a mission to revamp the team. Things started to improve during the second half of the 2018/19 A-League season, so the Wanderers should now be in tip-top shape. Add in the fact that they'll be calling Bankwest Stadium home from now on and fans have plenty of reasons to look forward to the 2019/20 campaign.
How to watch Western Sydney Wanderers live
Fans can watch Western Sydney Wanderers live on Fox Sports and ABC, when applicable. ABC is set to broadcast one Saturday game live, as well as offer delayed broadcasts of one elimination final, one semi-final and the 2020 Grand Final. Meanwhile, Fox Sports will show all A-League fixtures live. Their opening game will be against the Central Coast Mariners on 12 October and will be shown on both Fox Sports and ABC.
However, the most convenient way to keep up with the Wanderers and the A-League overall is with Kayo Sports. The streaming platform will broadcast all fixtures of the competition via the Internet, so you can watch on your laptop, TV or on your mobile device when on the go. Plus, replays will be available on demand.
A Basic subscription to Kayo Sports costs $25/month and lets you stream on two screens at the same time, while a Premium subscription supports three simultaneous streams for $35/month. Whichever way you go, new users get a 14-day free trial.
Besides the A-League, Kayo Sports offers coverage of over 50 sports from all over the world, live and on demand. Besides the extensive content library, subscribers can enjoy a variety of features that make sports streaming a breeze. You can watch up to four videos on the same screen with SplitView or enjoy a Kayo Mini when you're short on time. A Kayo Mini is a condensed version of a key match which delivers all the highlights in 20 minutes or less. For the A-League, Kayo Minis will be readily available for all fixtures.
Subscribers can access Kayo Sports via web or download the app to a smartphone/tablet. The service is also compatible with Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV and Telstra TV, so you can watch on the big screen. Find out more about the platform by checking out our Kayo Sports review.
Fans can also keep up with Western Sydney Wanderers on Fox Sports as long as they have a Foxtel IQ subscription with the Sport channel pack. If that's the case, you can watch on TV or stream matches to your laptop or mobile device with Foxtel GO. The app is free for all Foxtel subscribers.
Alternatively, you can watch the A-League with Foxtel Now if you subscribe to the Sport pack. Fixtures will also be live on the MyFootball Live App. Check out our A-League viewing guide for more information.
Western Sydney Wanderers transfers 2019
Markus Babbel made some signings ahead of the 2019/20 A-League season. Significant gains include Pirmin Schwegler, Daniel Georgievski, Alexander Meier, Dylan McGowan, Daniel Lopar and Matthew Jurman. Meier in particular should be a key player for the Wanderers in the upcoming season given his wealth of experience and great track record in the Bundesliga.
Notable losses for the Wanderers were Oriel Rieira, Josh Risdon, Roly Bonevacia, Brendan Hamil and Alexander Baumjohan.
The 2019 Western Sydney Wanderers squad
Here's the complete Western Sydney Wanderers squad for the 2019/20 A-League season:
Goalkeepers: Jack Greenwood, Vedran Janjetovic, Daniel Lopar, Danijel Nizic, Nick Suman
Defenders: Mathieu Cordier, Tarek Elrich, Daniel Gergievski, Matthew Jurman, Dylan McGowan, Tass Mourdoukoutas, Tate Russell, Patrick Ziegler
Midfielders: Keanu Baccus, Konstandinos Grozos, Radoslaw Majewski, Fabian Monge, Jordan O'Doherty, Pirmin Schwegler, Nicholas Sullivan
Forwards: Mohamed Adam, Mitchell Duke, Bruce Kamau, Alexander Meier, Jake Trew, Kwame Yeboah
Coaches: Markus Babbel, Jean-Paul de Marigny (assistant coach), Labinot Haliti (assistant coach), Davide Del Giovine (goalkeeping coach)
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