Sydney Derby: It’s More Than Bragging Rights

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Saturday, 8 March 2014 Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers

Allianz Stadium, Sydney Kick-off: 7:45pm

Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones

Last Week

Sydney FC’s two game winning streak came to an end, at the hands of the Mariners last week, courtesy of Mitchell Duke’s winner. Sydney could not capitalize on their chances as they dominated every attacking stat, besides possession (49%).

On the other hand the Wanderers rolled out their worst performance to date. The team was flat, lacked rhythm and had no spark, as they lost at home 2-0, to the Newcastle Jets. The performance was that abysmal it lead to the following statement by coach Tony Popovic, post-match. “That was the flattest performance, in the history of the club.”

This Week

Pedj Bojic has been ruled out indefinitely with a back injury, requiring surgery. Sydney FC have promoted Carle, back into the squad in an attempt to boost their midfield stocks. Up front Sydney FC will be looking for their forwards to be more clinical in front of goal.

The Wanderers will be without Socceroo international Matthew Spiranovic, due to his international commitments mid-week, in London. Haliti makes way, for the returning Tomi Juric. Injury replacement, Golgol Mebrahtu’s inclusion in the squad, could see him make his Wanderers debut.

Look Out For

ADP has to really step up and deliver for the Sky blue, in the derby, as Sydney FC has not tasted derby success, since the first installment of the cross city rivalry.

Result

Sydney FC have to win to stay in the top six, while the Wanderers need some breathing space, in second position. Sydney have a habit of, pulling off a result when needed, while the Wanderers are coming off their worst display, as a club. With more than bragging rights at stake, at this crucial time of the season, it is hard to split these teams, scoring draw.

Sydney FC Squad

1.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 2. Seb RYALL, 4.Ranko DESPOTOVIC, 5.Matt JURMAN, 6.Nikola PETKOVIC, 9.Corey GAMEIRO, 10.Alessandro DEL PIERO (c), 11.Richard GARCIA, 13.Sasa OGNENOVSKI, 17.Terry ANTONIS, 19.Nick CARLE, 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 22.Ali ABBAS, 24.Hagi GLIGOR, 28.Matt THOMPSON, 29.Alec UROSEVSKI, 34.Aaron CALVER, 36.Themba MUATA-MARLOW. **Two to be omitted**

Ins: Seb RYALL (promoted), Nick CARLE (promoted)
Outs: Nil
Unavailable: Rhyan GRANT (knee – season), Pedj BOJIC (back – indefinite)

Western Sydney Wanderers Squad

1.Ante COVIC (gk), 2.Shannon COLE, 3.Adam D’APUZZO, 4.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5.Michael BEAUCHAMP, 6.Jerome POLENZ, 8.Mateo POLJAK, 9.Tomi JURIC, 10.Aaron MOOY, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 14.Kwabena APPIAH, 17.Youssouf HERSI, 19.Iacopo LA ROCCA, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 21.Shinji ONO, 26.Jaushua SOTIRIO 34.Golgol MEBRAHTU. **Two to be omitted**

Ins: 5.Michael BEAUCHAMP (promoted), 9.Tomi JURIC (returns from injury), 19.Iacopo LA ROCCA (promoted), 26.Jaushua SOTIRIO (promoted), 34.Golgol MEBRAHTU (injury replacement player)
Outs: 7.Labinot HALITI (omitted), 13.Matthew SPIRANOVIC (international duty), 23.Jason TRIFIRO (omitted)
Unavailable: 12.Tahj MINNIECON – ankle (indefinite)

Alan Mtashar

Alan is a football writer and analyst of the beautiful game. His analysis and views of the game have been utilised on radio as recently as the Youth World Cup. A White Ribbon Australia Ambassador and still manages to kick a ball around when possible.

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