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Western Sydney Wanderers vs Sydney FC A-League Preview and Team News - Wanderers unbeaten in last three Sydney derbies

Andrew Hendrie 7 Dec 2017
  • Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC collide in the second Sydney derby of the season on Saturday night
  • WSW are unbeaten in the last three Sydney derbies
  • Sydney are winless in their last two trips to ANZ Stadium
WSW and Sydney clash on Saturday night

Western Sydney Wanderers look to snap a seven-game winless run when they square off against top-of-the-table Sydney FC in a blockbuster derby showdown at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Sydney FC are reigning premiers and currently five points ahead at the top of the ladder with seven wins from their first nine games of their title defence. Western Sydney are currently in ninth spot and have gone the last seven games without tasting victory.

But you can throw the form book out the window as these two fierce rivals collide in what promises to be another fiery derby encounter in the Harbour City.

After going three seasons without beating Sydney, the Wanderers were the only team last campaign to inflict a defeat on the Sky Blues, while they were close to registering another upset back in Round 2 when they led 2-0 before being pegged back for a draw.

Josep Gombau is still searching for his first win as Wanderers manager, but he does have an excellent record against Sydney coach and potential new Socceroos boss Graham Arnold, winning four and drawing two of their seven meetings - all of which came when he was in charge of Adelaide.

Western Sydney are the team in desperate need of three points - they’ve only won one game all season and another defeat following their 2-0 loss to Brisbane last week would mean a big uphill battle heading into the hectic holiday period.

Meanwhile, Sydney are again flying high at the top of the ladder, with this derby fixture one of the few games all season when you could say they are in danger of defeat.

Arnold’s side only get stronger this week, with Milos Ninkovic and Matt Simon returning to the squad. Robbie Cornthwaite, Mark Bridge and Chris Herd have been promoted into the Wanderers squad.

If we’re going on form, Sydney are light years ahead of the Wanderers and all of the A-League. But this isn’t a normal game, as the Wanderers proved a couple of months ago - and last season. I can’t go as far as saying the Wanderers will win, but I think they will scrape a draw in front of another bumper crowd.

Stats


  • Wanderers are undefeated in the last three Sydney derbies
  • WSW are on the verge of their worst winless run since they went 14 games without a win in 2014
  • Sydney are winless in their last two visits to ANZ Stadium

Squads


Western Sydney Wanderers FC Squad: 3.Jack CLISBY, 4.Josh RISDON, 5.Brendan HAMILL, 8.Roly BONEVACIA, 9.Oriol RIERA, 10.Alvaro CEJUDO, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 14.Jumpei KUSUKAMI, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 18.Robbie CORNTHWAITE, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 22.Jonathon ASPROPOTAMITIS, 24.Raul LLORENTE, 25.Chris HERD, 30.John HALL (gk), 33.Michael THWAITE, 42. Keanu BACCUS

**two to be omitted**

Sydney FC squad: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 4.Alex WILKINSON, 5.Jordy BUIJS, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8.Paulo RETRE, 9.BOBÔ, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 14.Alex BROSQUE (c), 16.Anthony KALIK, 17.David CARNEY, 18. Matt SIMON, 21. Charles LOKOLINGOY, 22.Seb RYALL, 26.Luke WILKSHIRE, 30.Tom HEWARD-BELLE (gk)

**two to be omitted**

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