2014/15 was a season to forget domestically and abroad for the Western Sydney Wanderers but what's done is done and it's time to start again. The A-League's newest club has a point to prove this season and there are some key clashes in the recently released draw which they'll need to take points from if this season is going to be an improvement on last.
Round 1 v Brisbane Roar FC @ Pirtek Stadium
Yes, this is the first round of the match and that's an obvious candidate. Starting the season with 3pts would be the jump-start the Wanderers need, and what better way to get it than by avenging their 2013/14 Grand Final loss. Brisbane will also be looking to improve on a wobbly 2014/15.
Round 3 v Sydney FC @ Allianz Stadium
Kick off of this match will mark 652 days since the Wanderers last beat Sydney FC in an A-League clash. It's arguably become the biggest match-up on the A-League calendar and the Sky Blues cannot be allowed to continue their dominance. That this fixture comes around so early in the season may not give us a real indication of just how these teams will travel come finals time, nonetheless bragging rights over 'bigger brother' Sydney FC are of the utmost importance.
Round 13 v Adelaide United FC @ Pirtek Stadium
At the half-way point of the competition the side will host Adelaide United at Pirtek Stadium. In 4 iterations of this fixture the Wanderers have scored 10 goals, thanks largely to a 6-1 demolition in 2012. Another repeat of this scoreline will be just what the doctor ordered for the Red and Black faithful. There'll also be no Champions League to prepare for, removing any excuses for poor A-League form around this time of the season.
Round 18 v Melbourne Victory @ Etihad Stadium
There's no love lost between these sides - or their fans. Wanderers vs. Victory clashes have always been heated and nothing less is expected for their first clash in Victoria this season. While we'll have to wait until Round 18 for this blockbuster, it should definitely be worth the wait. The reigning premiers have shown they're more than effective at bending the net and the Wanderers will need to improve in leaps and bounds to snag any point from this fixture.
Round 26 v Central Coast Mariners FC @ Pirtek Stadium
The Wanderers final regular season home match comes against rivals the Mariners. Western Sydney have faced off against the Mariners as much as any other opposition yet they've only managed to score 7 goals against them, their least against any opposition in the A-League. For this reason it is crucial that the Wanderers can overcome their impotence against the Central Coast in the penultimate match of the season. Point will surely be at a premium here as teams tussle for a finals position.
Every clash will hold some level of importance in 2015/16 as the A-League continues to get closer and closer. Every teams (well, almost every team) is in with a shot at the title this season and the Wanderers are no exception.
Have Your Say: What do you think is the Wanderers most pivotal clash in 2015/16 and can they win it?