Sydney Derby Big Game Focus: Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC

Sydney derby

Western Sydney Wanderers host Sydney FC in a mouth-watering Sydney derby on Saturday morning. Although the match will be played behind closed doors, there’s more reason to be excited for this huge encounter. The visitors are currently ten points clear of Melbourne City at the top of the table and need just three wins to win the A-League. Who will take the bragging rights? Here is the Big Game Focus. Bet on the game here. 

Sydney derby The home side head into this game on the back of a less impressive run of form in the A-League. A defeat and a draw in their last two outings means that they have won just three of their last nine league matches. However, with the season entering its closing stages, they need points to close in on a top six position. Good news is they have beaten their arch-rivals twice already this season. Can they make it three Sydney derby wins in a row?

On the other hand, the Sky Blues are sitting pretty at the top of the league, ten points clear from their closest challengers, Melbourne City. Despite having an excellent season, Steve Corica’s men have lost twice to the Wanderers. Therefore, this is a significant match for them and a win will put the icing on the cake of a phenomenal campaign.

Sydney Derby Betting preview

In the last seven meetings between these two bitter rivals, Sydney have won four, Wanderers have won twice, with the one game ending in a stalemate. Sydney FC have lost just twice all season, with both defeats coming in the last two Sydney derbies. The hosts have had a poor season. They have won just four league games since November. Therefore, Sydney FC’s form away from home gives them the upper hand in this massive showdown. You can back a Sydney FC Double Chance at odds of 1.30. 

Seven of Wanderers’ last ten league games have seen both teams score. Three of Sydney’s last five away games in the league have seen both teams find the net. Therefore, you can back Both Teams to Score at odds of 1.58.

Five of the last seven meetings between these two have seen Under 3.5 Goals. Six of Wanderers’ last nine league games have seen three or fewer goals scored. Eight of Sydney’s last ten league matches have seen Under 3.5 Goals scored.  For that reason, you can back Under 3.5 Goals in this game at odds of 1.45. 

Team news

The hosts will be without Vedran Janjetovic, Daniel Wilmering and Radosław Majewski who are all nursing knee injuries. Pirmin Schwegler is suspended for this encounter.

Corica will have a full squad to choose from on Saturday.

Possible line-ups

Sydney Wanderers: Lopar, Mourdoukoutas, McGowan, Jurman, Russell, Schwegler, O’Doherty, Carluccio, Muller, Cox, Duke

Sydney FC: Redmayne, Grant, McGowan, Wilkinson, King, Brattan, Retre, Caceres, Ninkovic, Barbarouses, Le Fondre.