Sydney FC. WWWWWWDDWDWWWW
Western Sydney Wanderers. LWDDDLDDWLDDDL
Yet in a derby, form goes right out the window.
Yes Sydney is sitting on top of the table only conceding 7 goals so far, but they also looked exposed against the Mariners.
And yes we have had too many draws to count on one hand, but in many of them we dropped the 2 points ourselves, meaning we had the potential to win them.
IF and I mean IF we can find a way through Sydneys impenetrable defence, we might see our first derby win in what seems forever. With the Sky Blues only conceding 7 goals this season whilst firing home 34, it is shaping up to be an enormous task.
I’m afraid there is no simple way to beating Sydney. There is no key goal scorer to put in Pinatares pocket, there is not key midfielder dominating the middle of the pitch. The best method is through their back line, with Jurman gone to Suwon and his replacement Seb Ryall going off injured and Brilliante drawing his 5th yellow, their stocks may be thinning.
If we compare goal scorers, Sydney currently have 2 in contention for the golden boot. Brosque with 8 goals and Bobô on 7. Our top scorer; Santalab is currently suspended, serving his 3rd week of the suspension for the derby. This leaves either Sotirio or Scott to take the reigns at #9, with both players having something to prove.
Sotirio who has scored just 2 goals for the Wanderers with 31 appearances, and Scott who coming through the NPL was an exciting prospect, albeit against much weaker teams. This is their opportunity to show Popa that their spot in the match day squad is vital if we have any hope of claiming the Championship this season.
Our midfielders will once again dominate on and off the ball with Nichols, Jumpei and Martinez leading the way at the front, providing that world class service to our striker. Pinatares will give us the much needed defence through the middle, and our captain Dimas is back to provide the guidance that we sorely missed last week in Melbourne.
Jack Clisby managed to escape the books last weekend, meaning that on 4 yellows he is cleared to play this weekend. Clisby has been one of our more solid players so far, showing that not only is he great in defence, but that he can also create chances at goal, with 2 assists and 8 chances created.
His partner in crime Neville will be praying to the football gods that his injury has cleared up in time for Saturday. Also on 4 yellow cards, Neville has been sorely missed the last 2 weeks, although Keanu Baccus has filled his hole nicely.
With Borda picking up his 2nd red card of the season, we should see Cornthwaite start for the first time since round 4. After a strong game against City, he should probe a worthy match for Brosque and co. Aspro will be looking to back up his performance as well from last week, in what I believe was one of the youngsters best ever games in the 1st team.
That leaves us with 1 position left. It is probably the most contentious position for us this season. The Goal Keeper.
We are onto our 3rd keeper so far, already going through Redmayne (who is now at FC) and the fan favourite Tyson. Whilst Tyson has been fairly solid for us, it came as no shock that he was relegated to the bench keeper yet again last weekend to make way for Vedran Janjetovic. For more detail on why Vedran is the best choice going into this game, check out yesterdays article where we listed 5 reasons he will be starting keeper.
Not only is he a solid, all round keeper with great leadership, he has a point to prove against his former employers. Not to mention the passion that he has for the game, and had for Sydney FC, here’s hoping that he can bring that same fire when he lines up against them and gives it to the Cove.
Speaking of former Sydney players, who could forget that we have signed ex-Sydney golden boy Terry Antonis. The same Antonis that scored the winner in the thrilling 4-3 derby loss in 2015. Off the bench he should prove to be a handful for the Sky Blues.
That leaves us with the supporters. Whether you are in the RBB, WST or a general supporter rocking up to the derby, your voice counts. Your jumping, clapping and scarf waving all count. It is us vs them. RBB vs The Cove. Red and Black vs Sky Blue. Every single fan in the active area must be standing on their feet, shoulder to shoulder with their brothers, with their family. Remember, we represent Western Sydney, win or lose we will always follow you. Let’s show them why we are the best fans in any code in Australia.
So whilst it may look like we will be battling against all odds to win, that everyone is saying that we can’t do it. I’m saying that we can. Our boys will give it for the 90 just as we will. We will be the team to stop the Sydney juggernaut. We will be the team to knock them off their high horse. We will not only dominate off the field like always, but we will dominate on the field and hand Sydney their first of many losses this season. We will show that Sydney is a glorious Red and Black.