4 reasons not to miss this Sydney Derby

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Now entering it’s 14th installment, the Sydney Derby has become a not to be missed A-League fixture.

With a lot on the line for both Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers heading into it, this is a derby well worth giving up your Saturday night for and here’s why:

1. Three players set for first derby since switch of allegiances

If there’s one thing that can add even more drama to a derby, it’s players swapping sides and lining up for their one time rivals. In Sydney Derby XIV we have not one, but three players lining up for the first time on opposite sides of the derby.

For the Wanderers midfielder Terry Antonis, who once scored for the Sky Blues in a derby, and Vedran Janjetovic are now in the red and black. While keeper Andrew Redmayne has made the mid-season switch from Western Sydney to Sydney FC and though he’ll be on the bench, is sure to attract plenty of attention from both sets of fans.

2. Wanderers desperate for a win

Winless in their last five A-League games and without a derby win since January 2014, the red and black are well and truly in need of a win. While a draw against the table topping Sky Blues wouldn’t be the worst result, a Wanderers victory would be significant in more ways than one.

Not only would three points be vital and an allusive derby win satisfying, but the chance to end Sydney FC’s current undefeated streak would be something every Western Sydney fan would cherish.

3. Defensive vulnerabilities

Conceding two goals last week against Central Coast Mariners, Sydney FC no longer look impregnable at the back with the departure of Matt Jurman and an injury to Sebastian Ryall making them look a lot weaker in defence heading into the derby.

The Wanderers on the other hand have been showing weakness at the back throughout the season and remain the only side without a clean sheet. Last week’s red card and subsequent three game suspension to centre-back Aritz Borda means a reshuffle at the back is necessary and makes them achieving a first clean sheet look a whole less likely.

4. Goals galore

With the sides likely to struggle at the back, expect goals and potentially plenty of them. In their last eight encounters, a healthy 28 goals have been scored ensuring an average of 3.5 goals a game. Though the Wanderers may be struggling up front, the Sky Blues attack has bagged a league high 34 goals so far and should make up for Western Sydney if they were to misfire.

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Joshua Thomas
Joshua Thomas
A football fanatic and journalism student who won't leave you wondering about any Wanderers news this season as I cover all things Red and Black for The Football Sack.

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