The highly anticipated Sydney Derby is back at Allianz Stadium and it promises to be one of the most controversial encounters on record as the fixture returns to Moore Park.
Each previous instalment of this fixture has always produced on the field and the performance of the fans off it never disappoints either.
And with the game returning to the city’s premier stadium and a full house expected, this a Sydney Derby football fans will not want to miss.
Sydney FC will be looking to get their first victory at the new Allianz Stadium with a win over our bitter rivals.
And with Joe Lolley and Robbie Mak in the goals Sydney FC are determined to add the Wanderers to their hit list having already dispatched reigning champions Western United, and Macarthur at Campbelltown Stadium this season.
Western Sydney Wanderers have began the season with some solid form and wins at Melbourne Victory, plus home victories over Perth Glory & Newcastle Jets have seem them start the season with some form.
Last week however, they hit a stumbling block in Nick Montgomery’s Central Coast Mariners and were blown out of the water with a convincing 3-0 defeat at home.
The Sydney Derby often brings out the best in both sides and regardless of form, it mostly comes down to who wants it more.
In previous meetings, Sydney hold the upper hand with 13 wins to 8 and in the last meeting between the two sides at Allianz Stadium, the Sky Blues out-muscled their rivals 3-1.
This time around, both sides want the three points just as much as each other, in the final match before the FIFA World Cup break.
Ones to Watch
Rhyan Grant – Sydney FC
Rhyan Grant has been at Sydney FC since before the Sydney Derby existed and knows what it means to be Sky Blue.
This weekend will be his 240th A-League match with Sydney FC and this season, has been back to his best form. He has played 100% of games this season and already has an assist to his name when he set up Pat Wood in the 2-2 draw with Adelaide. The marauding right back is brilliant in attack and tenacious in defence and already has 10 interceptions and 10 clearances in the opening five matches.
His partnership with Englishman Joe Lolley is growing week by week and he will be looking to exploit that this weekend against the Wanderers.
Brandon Borrello – Western Sydney Wanderers
Brandon Borrello has made the transfer back to Australia after a five-year spell across Europe. Throughout his time in Europe, he made appearances in the German Bundesliga and gained a cap for the Socceroos in 2019.
The winger previously applied his trade at Brisbane Roar and after impressing over four seasons, migrated to Europe before finding his way back Down Under, now at Western Sydney Wanderers. Under Marko Rudan he has started all five matches and has already found the net this season, with a curling finish against Newcastle Jets.
Borrello also has an assist to his name and has scored with an expected goals rating of 0.40. Defensively too, he has contributed with five interceptions and seven clearances.
He will certainly be one to watch for Wanderers fans as he experiences his first Sydney Derby.
Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers
Isuzu UTE A-League Round Six
Saturday 12th November 2022
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Kick Off: 7:45pm AEDT
Gates Open: 5:45pm AEDT
Tickets: Click Here
Broadcast Live: 10Bold & Paramount+