HAL Preview: Sydney Derby XX

It’s Derby Day, one of the most important days in the Hyundai A-League calendar when two of the fiercest cross-city rivals come to battle it out on the turf of ANZ Stadium.

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If this match was played a few weeks ago, you would tip a Sydney FC win.

But on current form the Wanderers might just go into this Derby as slight favourites, how the tables have turned.

Markus Babbel’s men have picked up their second win of the season, as well as their second clean sheet, on Friday night in their 2-0 win over the Mariners to sit outside the top six on goal difference only.

The return of central defender Patrick Ziegler was hugely significant with the German adding some composure and steel to Western Sydney’s defence.

The German defender made a massive 17 clearances during the Wanderers win over the Mariners, shattering a 20-month record on his Hyundai A-League debut.

While the Sky Blues have recent history on their side – they’ve just lost one of the last 14 Derbies in the Hyundai A-League – they were very underwhelming in their upset 3-1 loss to the Phoenix on Saturday.

Corica’s men will be disappointed with the result and will no doubt be aiming to bounce back against the Red & Black.

Of major concern is Sydney’s normally resolute defence with opened very easily against Wellington and will need to tighten up against the likes of Alex Baumjohann, Oriol Riera and the new generation of Wanderers that have been firing including Bruce Kamau, Keanu Baccus, Jaushua Sotirio and Jordan O’Doherty.

If past Derbies are anything to go by, get ready for one hell of a ride.