Round One. Derby One. The first instalment of the Westfield W-League's Thursday Night Football kicks off with a bang.
History is on the Sky Blues' side, as they have won five of the last six games against Western Sydney. A new season brings new stories and Marconi Stadium is set to host a cracker at 7.30pm on Thursday.
Sydney FC, began the 2017/18 Season with three consecutive losses before going on a 10-match unbeaten streak. Unfortunately, that ended on the big stage as the Sky Blues succumbed 2-0 to Melbourne City to finish as Runners Up.
Head Coach Ante Juric and his staff instilled an attractive brand of football last season, and have recruited well enough to do so again. Alanna Kennedy, Caitlin Foord and Amy Sayer will excite fans, while Sofia Huerta and Danielle Colaprico will add some wisdom and experience.
One of the NWSL's star rookies from the 2018 season, Savannah McCaskill also joins her American compatriots to add further excitement to a solid looking Sky Blues' lineup.
Ins and Outs
Western Sydney Wanderers FC: 1.Jada WHYMAN (gk), 2.Caitlin COOPER, 6.Servet UZUNLAR (c), 7.Lo’eau LABONTA, 8.Erica HALLOWAY, 9.Remy SIEMSEN, 10.Kylie LEDBROOK, 11.Elizabeth ADDO, 13.Georgia YEOMAN-DALE, 15.Talitha KRAMER, 16.Liana DANASKOS, 17.Sydney MIROMONTEZ, 19.Leena KHAMIS, 20.Caitlin JARVIE, 21.Mackenzie HAWKESBY, 30.Nicole SIMONSEN (gk)
***one to be omitted***
Unavailable: 5.Rachel LOWE (international duty), 12.Susan PHONSONGKHAM (international duty), 14.Courtney NEVIN (international duty)
Sydney FC squad: 1.Aubrey BLEDSOE (gk), 2.Teresa POLIAS (c), 5.Ally GREEN, 6.Chloe LOGARZO, 7.Rachael SOUTAR, 9.Caitlin FOORD, 10. Savannah McCASKILL, 11.Lisa DE VANNA, 12.Natalie TOBIN, 17.Angelique HRISTODOULOU, 22.Sofia HUERTA, 23.Danielle COLAPRICO, 24.Bryany PARKER, 25.Darcey MALONE, 30.Trudy BURKE (gk)
Ins: 24.Bryany PARKER (injury replacement), 25.Darcey MALONE (injury replacement)
Unavailable: 4. Elizabeth RALSTON (calf), 8.Amy HARRISON (knee), 14.Alanna KENNEDY (foot), 18.Taylor RAY (International Duty), 19.Amy SAYER (International Duty), 20.Princess IBINI (International Duty), 21.Julia VIGNES (International Duty)
Tune in to FOX SPORTS 505 to see the first Sydney Derby of 2018/19 Season, with kick off at 7:30pm (AEDT), or stream the match live on the MyFootball Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers.