Wanderers face sudden death

PIRTEK Stadium at Parramatta will get the flick if the Western Sydney Wanderers meet Sydney FC in a grand final qualifier in two weeks' time.

The game will most likely be moved to the much bigger ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park.

But Sydney first have to beat Melbourne Victory in a sudden death semi-final on Friday night. Central Coast Mariners host sixth-placed Adelaide United on Saturday in the second semi-final.

Having finished second, the Wanderers get a week's rest in the A-League.

If they can go on and win the grand final to be crowned 2014 champions, it will be a bigger achievement than last year's Premier's Plate triumph, because they have had to play in the Champions League this year. It has meant 12 matches in fewer than 50 days.

"We didn't defend the Premier's Plate, which we wanted to do," coach Tony Popovic said after Saturday night's come from behind 3-2 win over the Melbourne Heart in the Victorian capital, which doubled as Socceroo Harry Kewell's farewell match.

"Brisbane deserved to win that," Popovic said.

"But we have a chance to be champions by winning the grand final, that's our target.

"This year we've had different challenges. This year the challenge was, can we maintain the high standards of last year?"

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