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Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Western Sydney Wanderers FC
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Western Sydney took out a thrilling contest with just one shot on target, and just one goal that matters, victorious 1-nil over Sydney.
Sydney had all the possession, and people will talk ad nauseum about whether a Kosta Barbarouses header was over the line, but whatever the final analysis, Wanderers have won the contest, and go to the top of the table with three wins from three games.
Sydney might have arguably been the better team, but it is the Wanderers who will sing the team song in the sheds.
Western Sydney Wanderers 1
Sydney FC 0
A truly marque event for the Saturday night fixture of Round 3, as we head to Bankwest Stadium for the first Sydney Derby with Western Sydney Wanderers hosting the reigning champion Sydney FC. Join The Roar from 7:30pm (AEDT) for live scores and blog of the game.
This promises to be something special, and for all intents and purposes, the chances of this game delivering on that promise are high, as two unbeaten rivals face off at a sold-out Bankwest Stadium.
Western Sydney Wanderers come into this game off the back of two solid wins, and a fantastic start to the season.
Markus Babbel has his men playing strong, disciplined football, evidenced no more than in their workmanlike win over Melbourne Victory in round 2.
The Wanderers see this season as a season of opportunity, and with Keiran Baccus offering strong attack in the, and a solid defence led by Matt Jurman and Dylan McGowan, the pieces are falling into place for Babbel’s team to make something of this season.
The Wanderers will not want to waste their perfect start, and with a sold-out crowd likely in the most part behind them, expect the red and blacks to come out firing from the get-go.
Sydney, much as they did last season, have started the season promisingly, without being flashy.
Like the Wanderers, Sydney have two wins in the bank, and the first-round win over Adelaide was no easy accomplishment.
Sydney looked to suffer something of a slight scare against a noble Wellington last weekend, but as Steve Corica has been able to do for the entirety of his tenure, regardless of form, his team gets the result that they want.
That is why you can never discount Sydney FC, and with their impressive record in this fixture (just the one loss in the last 16 games), it would not surprise if Sydney went into that extra gear to get the job done.
Alexander Baumjohann makes his first start against his former club, and while you will expect that the crowd will let him know about it, the German will want to prove that he is up to the task, so expect a huge game from the playmaker.
The passion of this rivalry remains fierce, but still, Wanderers have managed just that solitary win in 5 years. If they are ever going to break that run, you think it would be this game, but given the history you have to stick with the sky blues.
Wanderers 2, Sydney FC 3
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When: Saturday, 26 October 2019
Where: Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta
TV: FOX SPORTS 505, Kayo Sports, and MyFootball Live App
Referee: Alireza Faghani
Assistant Referee 1: Nathan MacDonald
Assistant Referee 2: Lance Greenshields
Fourth Official: Kurt Ams
VAR: Craig Zetter
Western Sydney Wanderers
1.Daniel LOPAR (gk), 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Matthew JURMAN, 7.Mitchell DUKE (c), 9.Nicolai MULLER, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 13.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 14.Alex MEIER, 16.Mathieu CORDIER, 17.Keanu BACCUS, 19.Pirmin SCHWEGLER, 22.Nicholas SULLIVAN, 23.Kosta GROZOS, 27.Kwame YEBOAH, 29.Daniel WILMERING, 34.Patrick ZIEGLER, 35.Mohamed ADAM, 37.Jake TREW, 40.Nicholas SUMAN (gk)
1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 2.Patrick FLOTTMANN, 4.Alex WILKINSON (c), 5.Alex BAUMJOHANN, 6.Ryan McGOWAN, 8.Paulo RETRE, 9.Adam LE FONDRE, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 16.Joel KING, 17.Anthony CACERES, 18.Luke IVANOVIC, 19.Chris ZUVELA, 20.Tom HEWARD-BELLE (gk), 21.Harry VAN DER SAAG, 23. Rhyan GRANT, 24.Marco TILIO, 26.Luke BRATTAN, 27.Jordi SWIBEL.