The Western Sydney Wanderers will be desperate to restart their stuttering A-League season when they host arch-rivals Sydney FC in the eighth Sydney Derby on Saturday night at Parramatta Stadium.
The Wanderers have struggled in their last three matches, all being played in the space of a week, with only two points coming from a possible nine, thanks to two draws at home.
Western Sydney were the more impressive of the teams when they hosted Newcastle on Saturday evening, despite the 1-1 scoreline, and were unlucky to not record their first win in the match.
Central Coast held the Wanderers in better check on Wednesday night, with a 0-0 scoreline being an accurate reflection of the match, with few chances being seen from either side in a scrappy affair.
Wanderers’ coach Tony Popovic will be focusing on the match ahead with Sydney FC, and will know his side needs to find their form quickly, against one of the form sides in the competition, with coach Graham Arnold in charge of the Blue half of Sydney.
Arnold has been able to get the Blues firing this season, while the Wanderers have been distracted by their matches in the Asian Champions League, before returning home in November for domestic duties.
Popovic will know his players are focused on their duties in the red and black, and they’ve been able to spend time at home, thanks to a four game stretch at Wanderland, which concludes on Wednesday night against Brisbane.
Popovic will be looking to his forward half to provide goals, with the likes of Tomi Juric, Mark Bridge, Romeo Castelen and Nikita Rukavytsya needing to step up and find the back of the net against a determined Sydney FC defence.
The first Sydney Derby, played only a matter of weeks ago, was a dramatic affair, with Vitor Saba being sent off, and the Wanderers conceding a 2-0 lead, before going down to the Sky Blues 3-2 in a controversial match.
The Wanderers will be out for redemption against Sydney FC, and will know nothing less than a comprehensive victory will please the expected 20,000 capacity crowd, with only a small pocket wearing Blue on Saturday night.
2GLF Football will be live on Saturday night from Parramatta Stadium with all the action, as Mike Shean, Matt Connellan and Will Gotsis bring you the colour and excitement from the most anticipated match this weekend in the A-League.
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