*Header photo by Jaime Castaneda (@jamcas50)
Sydney FC have the chance to earn local bragging rights and underline their Hyundai A-League credentials in Saturday evening's top-of-the-table Hyundai A-League Sydney Derby.
Reigning Champions Sydney FC and their Red and Black rivals are the only teams to post back-to-back wins during the first two rounds of the campaign.
After beating Adelaide United 3-2 on the opening day, the Sky Blues downed the Wellington Phoenix at home last weekend, with Socceroos star Rhyan Grant nabbing a second half match-winner in front of The Cove.
The Wanderers followed up their Round 1 win against Central Coast Mariners with a big 2-1 triumph against Melbourne Victory last Friday.
With the new Bankwest Stadium sure to be pumping, both sides will relish the big game atmosphere in a match that is sure to excite.
Saturday, 26 October 2019
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: Bankwest Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Sydney FC squad: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 2.Patrick FLOTTMANN, 4.Alex WILKINSON (c), 5.Alex BAUMJOHANN, 6.Ryan McGOWAN, 8.Paulo RETRE, 9.Adam LE FONDRE, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 16.Joel KING, 17.Anthony CACERES, 18.Luke IVANOVIC, 19.Chris ZUVELA, 20.Tom HEWARD-BELLE (gk), 21.Harry VAN DER SAAG, 23.Rhyan GRANT, 24.Marco TILIO, 26.Luke BRATTAN, 27.Jordi SWIBEL.
**2-4 to be omitted**
In: 19. Chris ZUVELA (promoted), 24. Marco TILIO (promoted)
Unavailable: 3.Ben WARLAND (ACL - indefinite), 7.Michael ZULLO (leg – 1 week), 12.Trent BUHAGIAR (ACL – indefinite), 25.Ryan TEAGUE (International duty).
Did you know?
- Sydney FC have lost only one of their last 16 Hyundai A-League matches against the Western Sydney Wanderers (W10, D5); however, this will be the first time in the competition they meet their crosstown rivals at the new Bankwest Stadium.
- The Wanderers have won their first two matches of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season, they’ve never previously begun a season in such a manner and they haven’t won more matches in succession overall since a three-match span in March-April 2017.
- The Sky Blues have made the most shots on target (15) of any team this season. Only two other teams - Western United and Western Sydney Wanderers (11 each) - have made more than 10.