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Western Sydney Wanderers target Asian cup win in Saudi Arabia

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A 0-0 draw for Western Sydney Wanderers against Al-Hilal this weekend would bring the Asian Champions League (ACL) title to Australia for the first time.

The Wanderers go into the game with a 1-0 lead after they beat Saudi Arabia's top team in the first leg in Sydney.

The second leg in Riyadh kicks off at 04.30 AEDT on Sunday (20.30 local time) at the King Fahd stadium in front of an estimated 65,000 local fans.

But bookmakers are tipping the Sydney team as the favourites to win.

A Wanderers victory would be the culmination of a rapid rise to prominence for the club, which made its debut in the ACL this season.

The club, which only entered Australia's premier competition the A-League in the 2012-13 season after its formation in April 2012, came second in the 2014 grand final.

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Image caption The Wanderers go into the game with a 1-0 lead from the first leg against Al-Hilal in Sydney last weekend

The home side will be boosted by the return of veteran striker Yasser Al Qahtani, who missed the first leg through suspension. But if the Wanderers score a goal, Al-Hilal will need to win by two goals.

Al-Hilal, which is backed by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of Saudi's King Abdullah, has never won the title.

The prince has offered each first team player and staff member a 100,000 riyals (A$30,000; £17,000) bonus should they become Asian champions, and has paid for all tickets to the game so that Al-Hilal fans can attend for free.

Only a small number of Wanderers fans are believed to be travelling to the game because of visa issues.

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