The A-League plays host to the Sydney derby on Saturday as leaders Sydney FC travel to Western Sydney Wanderers.
Steve Corica’s side are currently 10 points clear of Melbourne City at the top of the table and have lost just one of their last five games across all competitions.
However, that defeat came at the hands of the Wanderers at the end of February, and the home side know they must win to keep their play-off hopes alive.
Who will win out in the 25th Sydney derby? Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and live stream information.
When is Western Sydney Wanderers vs Sydney FC and where can I watch live?
Venue: Bankwest Stadium
Date: Saturday, 21 March 2020
Kick-off: 8:30 AM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): BT Sport ESPN
Online and live stream: Australian audiences can stream Western Sydney Wanderers vs Sydney FC live via Kayo, who are offering a free trial.
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Last five meetings: Western Sydney Wanders vs Sydney FC
28 February 2020: Sydney FC 0-1 Western Sydney Wanderers (A-League)
26 October 2019: Western Sydney Wanderers 1-0 Sydney FC (A-League)
13 April 2019: Western Sydney Wanderers 1-1 Sydney FC (A-League)
15 December 2018: Western Sydney Wanderers 1-3 Sydney FC (A-League)
27 October 2018: Sydney FC 2-0 Western Sydney Wanderers (A-League)
Aggregate Score: Western Sydney Wanders (WWDLL) 4-6 Sydney FC (LLDWW)
Ones to watch
Western Sydney Wanderers: Nicolai Müller
Two-time Germany international Nicolai Müller has been excellent since swapping the Bundesliga for the A-League in October.
The former Frankfurt man has been Wanderers’ creative hub so far, sitting just behind strikers Mitchell Duke and Simon Cox and pulling the strings for Jean-Paul de Marigny.
Wanderers are fighting to keep their play-off hopes alive and Müller is going to have a big say in whether or not they’re successful.
Key stat: Müller (41) has created more chances than any other Western Sydney Wanderers player in the A-League this season.
Sydney FC: Adam Le Fondre
Best known for his days in the Premier League with Reading, Adam Le Fondre has enjoyed a career renaissance since joining Sydney FC in 2018.
The 33-year-old has scored 40 goals in just 58 appearances across all competitions since the start of last season and has established himself as the A-League’s most prolific marksman.
Wanderers will need to be on their guard against Le Fondre if they’re to once again beat their fierce rivals.
Key stat: Le Fondre has scored more goals (16) than any other A-League player this season.
Western Sydney Wanderers
Caretaker boss De Marigny is without Pirmin Schwegler who is suspended, while Vedran Janjetovic (knee), Daniel Wilmering (knee) and Radoslaw Majewski (knee) are all out.
Confirmed XI: Lopar; Ziegler, McGowan, Jurman; Russell, Baccus, O’Doherty, Georgievski; Yeboah, Cox, Duke.
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Sydney FC are just three wins away from sealing the A-League title and are currently unburdened by injury and suspension. They’re also boosted by the return of Chris Zuvela from injury, although he starts on the bench.
Confirmed XI: Redmayne; Grant, McGowan, Wilkinson, King; Brattan, Retre; Baumjohann, Ninkovic; Barbarouses, Le Fondre.
Sydney FC are just three wins away from sealing the Premier’s Plate but haven’t beaten their fierce rivals in their last three attempts.
In fact, Wanderers have conceded just once against the Sky Blues during that time and appear to be one of the very few teams capable of stopping Le Fondre and Co right now.
Expect a hard-fought draw between two bitter rivals.