Wanderer Remy Siemsen is ready to battle this Thursday night.
Siemsen made the switch to the Wanderers from the Sky Blues during the off-season and knows what to expect come Thursday night when she lines up against her former club.
"It's obviously going to be different being on the other side of things, but I'm ready for this new challenge," said Siemsen.
"I've been loving the pre-season with my new team and my new coaches. I think that we're all heading into this game guns blazing and we're ready to take those three points."
With the Wanderers facing off against their cross-city rivals in the season opener, Siemsen believes it's important for the Wanderers to get a good result to keep them in finals contention.
"I think the first game of the season is always a big one and I think that because it's such a short season we've got to get as many wins as we can under our belt as possible, and if we are hoping for finals football we will need to start the season off strong and get those wins," said Siemsen.
"I think we can do that and we've got the team to do that because our pre-season has been excellent and we have all been putting in the extra yards and doing all the extra sessions and training.
"I believe this will be a good season for the Western Sydney Wanderers."
The Wanderers squad has been bolstered by the arrivals of National Women's Soccer League players Lo'eau LaBonta and Sydney Miramontez.
Siemsen believes the addition of the two internationals will help give the Wanderers an edge over their rivals.
"I think they can bring their own experiences, obviously they play in professional leagues overseas so they're going to have a different flavour they can add to the team," said Siemsen.
"We're very excited just from the sessions they've been to, and we're excited that they can bring their own American experiences from the NWSL to the Westfield W-League."
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Sydney FC
Thursday 25 October, 7:30pm
Wanderers members get FREE entry