Dylan McGowan says his team is ready for the Wanderers.
Dylan McGowan says his team is ready for the Wanderers. Ben Macmahon/AAP

Reds are ready for big test against Wanderers

ADELAIDE United defender Dylan McGowan said his team had no fear of Western Sydney's nine-game unbeaten streak in the A-League heading into tonight's New Year clash at Parramatta Stadium.

The first-placed Wanderers' attack has fired during that streak, averaging two goals per game.

McGowan and his fellow defenders will have their work cut out.

But the Reds are also unbeaten in their past four games.

After a slow start to this season, the South Australian team is now in seventh place, just two competition points outside the top six.

The Reds have beaten top-six outfits Sydney FC and Wellington in the past three weeks.

"Western Sydney are a good team and they're in a great position in the league, but we don't fear going over there and getting a result," McGowan said.

"We've shut down a few good attacking sides in our recent games."

McGowan said he believed the team had finally adapted to new coach Guillermo Amor's playing style.

"With our first two games of the season (draws against the Victory and Wanderers), I think we were quite good defensively and we just weren't clicking up front," McGowan said.

"Then we went the opposite way and we weren't clicking at the back, but we've started to hit our straps the last couple of weeks."

The Wanderers will be boosted by the return of Andreu from suspension, while Iacopo La Rocca is back from injury for the Reds.

The Wanderers are undefeated against Adelaide on home soil (won three and drawn one), outscoring them 10-3 in the process.
 



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