After a difficult week for Australian sport the A-League Sydney derby has the potential to lift the spirits of sports fans in this city. Western Sydney Wanderers host arch rivals Sydney FC at a sold out Pirtek Stadium on Saturday night, as matches between these two continue to grow into the fiercest rivalry of any code.
Sydney FC hold the bragging rights in the derby having secured victory in round 2 in October. In the six weeks since that game the Sky Blues have remained unbeaten in the A-League, conceding just once along the way.
The Wanderers have not registered a win in the league this season and remain at the foot of the ladder after six games. However, since the last derby they have been crowned Kings of Asia after their historic Champions League win.
The first four of those six winless league games were away from home, and all resulted in a defeat. The Wanderers have at least managed to take a point from both of their opening home games of the season in the past fortnight, and will hope to at least preserve the unbeaten home record when their local rivals visit Parramatta. No side has ever made it through to the A-League Grand Final having been placed last after six games.
The Sky Blues have won the last two derbies, although both were played at Allianz Stadium. In fact they have not won at Pirtek Stadium since the very first derby in October 2012.
As with all A-League games this weekend a period of silence will be observed to mark the tragic passing of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes. Fans are also encouraged to offer applause during the 63rd minute of the match.
Phillip Hughes – forever 63 not out.
Saturday 29th November, Pirtek Stadium Parramatta 19:30
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