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Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Western Sydney Wanderers FC
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The first Sydney derby of 2021 is here, as Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers do battle at Stadium Australia. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5:05pm (AEDT).
It has been a long wait for fans of Sydney’s oldest A-League rivalry, yet the passionate derby encounter has finally arrived.
After a long period of dominance going Sydney FC’s way, the balance of power has shifted somewhat over the last two years.
The Sky Blues remain winless in the last four encounters with their old foe and Western Sydney’s new manager Carl Robinson has already presented a professional and committed unit in the club’s opening two encounters.
While the loss to Macarthur in their opening match was a disappointment, the follow-up win against the Jets included excellent attacking signs for the red and black.
Sydney FC have had just the one encounter thus far and enter this game off an extended break thanks to numerous postponements in the schedule.
Three points came the way of Steve Corica’s men in the clash with Wellington, yet two brilliant strikes in Wollongong and a polished performance from the Phoenix perhaps flattered them somewhat.
This match looks like being one that recaptures some of the old passion and fire of derby matches played a few years back when Western Sydney were flying far higher than they have been in recent times.
All the signs point to a Wanderers victory in this one. Sydney remain without the services of an out-and-out striker, as they wait for Bobo to reach full fitness, and the Wanderers should be more hardened after two solid hit outs and their combinations starting to work.
Sydney FC 0, Western Sydney Wanderers 2.
Kick-off: 7pm (AEDT)
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
TV: ABC, Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Sydney FC squad
Ryan McGowan, Ben Warland, Patrick Flottmann, Chris Zuvela, Rhyan Grant, Anthony Caceres, Alexander Baumjohann, Kosta Barbarouses, Alex Wilkinson, Trent Buhagiar, Luke Ivanovic, Joel King, Thomas Heward-Belle, Milos Ninkovic, Michael Zullo, Paulo Retre, Andrew Redmayne, Harry van der Saag, Luke Brattan, Jordan Swibel, Bobo, Calem Nieuwenhof.
Western Sydney Wanderers squad
Anthony Lesiotis, Graham Dorrans, Daniel Margush, Phillip Cancar, James Troisi, Ziggy Gordon, Bernie Ibini, Jordan Mutch, Vedran Janjetovic, Dylan McGowan, Patrick Ziegler, Kwame Yeboah, Simon Cox, Tass Mourdoukoutas, Tate Russell, Daniel Georgievski, Jordan O’Doherty, Keanu Baccus, Kosta Grozos, Noah Pagden, Jarrod Carluccio, Alessandro Lopane, Mark Natta, Stefan Nikolic, Nicolai Muller, Fabian Monge, Daniel Wilmering, Mohamed Adam, Bruce Kamau, Thomas Aquilina.