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Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Western Sydney Wanderers FC
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An empty Bankwest stadium will be the venue for the last of the three Sydney derbies for this season. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:30pm (AEDT).
WSW sit 22 points and seven places behind Sydney on the table, with Sydney being the much better and more consistent side. However, Sydney’s only two A-League losses for the season so far have been at the hands of the Wanderers.
JP de Marigny had been overseeing somewhat of a resurgence at WSW, however results, performance and effort have been lacking lately. Captain and top goalscorer Mitch Duke seemingly the only player able to perform consistently.
A 4-1 loss against Brisbane and a 1-1 draw against Melbourne City have been their results since the last derby.
Sydney’s latest results have also been mixed, yet they haven’t lost since the last derby. They were held to a draw by ten-man Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, took Melbourne Victory down 4-1 before playing out a 0-0 in Perth against the Glory.
Their match against the Phoenix that was set to be played on Wednesday has been postponed.
WSW are forced into making at least one change with Pirmin Schwegler suspended. They will, however, make more than that with Daniel Georgievski able to return after serving his two-match ban and Bruce Kamau, Kwame Yeboah, Keanu Baccus and Patrick Ziegler all returning to the squad.
Also included in the squad is goalkeeper Tristan Prendergast. Prendergast started the season as a short-term injury replacement for Tom Heward-Belle before being released back to his NPL club, Blacktown City. With Nick Suman being injured and NPL suspended, WSW have taken the opportunity to have Prendergast as their backup goalkeeper instead of youth keeper Oliver Kalac.
Sydney will have a full-strength squad to choose from, with both Michael Zullo and Chris Zuvela – for the first time in two seasons – declared fit to play.
The lack of crowd brings a different element to the match, especially for a fixture that has continued to draw the highest attendance figures across the league. No RBB, no Cove, nobody at all. This will be odd.
The last two Sydney Derbies have been WSW 1 – 0 Sydney. Let’s go for three in a row.
WSW 1 – 0 Sydney.
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Where: Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta
When: Saturday, 21st March, 7:30pm (AEDT)
TV: Fox Sports 505, Kayo Sports
Referee: Shaun Evans
Assistant referee 1: Owen Goldrick
Assistant referee 2: Scott Edeling
Fourth official: Stephen Lucas
VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones
1. Daniel Lopar, 4. Dylan McGowan, 5. Daniel Georgievski, 6. Matthew Jurman, 7. Mitchell Duke (c), 8. Jordan O’Doherty, 9. Nicolai Muller, 10. Simon Cox, 11. Bruce Kamau, 13. Tass Mourdoukoutas, 17. Keanu Baccus, 22. Nicholas Sullivan, 23. Kosta Grozos, 27. Kwame Yeboah, 31. Noah Pagden, 33. Tate Russell, 34. Patrick Ziegler, 35. Mohamed Adam, 36. Jarrod Carluccio, 50. Tristan Prendergast
1. Andrew Redmayne, 2. Patrick Flottmann, 3. Ben Warland, 4. Alex Wilkinson (c), 5. Alex Baumjohann, 6. Ryan McGowan, 7. Michael Zullo, 8. Paulo Retre, 9. Adam Le Fondre, 10. Milos Ninkovic, 11. Kosta Barbarouses, 12. Trent Buhagiar, 16. Joel King, 17. Anthony Caceres, 19. Chris Zuvela, 20. Thomas Heward-Belle, 21. Harry van der Saag, 23. Rhyan Grant, 24. Marco Tilio, 26. Luke Brattan