SYD vs SYW Fantasy Preview:
As A-League is back in action with the Sydney rivalry looming large over other fixtures, Sydney FC will be raring to battle its way to the top as a victory over their local rivals could catapult them right to the front of the pack. They started their A-League 2021 campaign with a clinical victory over Wellington Phoenix as strikes from Calem Nieuwenhof and Luke Brattan on either sides of the break sealed the deal for Sydney FC.
Western Sydney Wanderers are just a position shy of Sydney FC in the points table as they have managed to chronicle one win and one loss so far in this campaign. After starting their campaign with woeful loss to Macarthur, they bounced back strongly with an emphatic victory over Newcastle Jets. Ziggy Gordon and Tate Russell were on target as they wrecked the jets in a mosldering wreckage of defeat.
This game will be salient in multiple aspects as there is a lot more n the line other than winning or losing. As the name suggests, this is a local rivalry and the most imperative aspect of battle will be prestige. Whoever wins the local derby becomes the king of the town until the time there is a tectonic shift in the points table to underline the standings. These are our fantasy picks for the much-talked-about derby between two Sydney stalwarts in the latest edition of A-League.
Sydney FC versus Western Sydney Wanderers
SYD vs SYW: Head to head
Given the dominance of Sydney FC in A-League, it is quite obvious that they have dictated the proceedings in the battle of these two local rivals. In 25 clashes so far, Sydney FC has managed to win 12 games while Western Sydney Wanderers have clinched 6 victories with the spoils of wars being shared 7 times. The last time these two teams locked horns, it fizzled out into a lackadaisical 1-1 affair.
SYD vs SYW Probable Teams:
Sydney FC: Tom Heward-Belle; Joel King, Ben Warland, Alex Wilkinson, Rhyan Grant; Luke Brattan, Alexander Baumjohann, Milos Ninkovic, Anthony Caceres; Kosta Barbarouses, Trent Buhagiar
Western Sydney Wanderers: Daniel Margush; Dylan McGowan, Tass Mourdoukoutas, Ziggy Gordon; Daniel Georgievski, Graham Dorrans, Keanu Baccus, Tate Russell; James Troisi, Bernie Ibini-Isei, Simon Cox
Picks to consider:
Tate Russell is one of the most opportunistic attacking monikers in the canon of A-League and his ability to bear down the opposition with consistent attacking intent is something that makes a fierce pick for your team.
Anthony Caceres’ long rangers and his blistering runs have been proven to be marauding enough to hurt an opponent. He will be a crucial pick for tomorrow’s game considering the defensive display that WSW has posted so far.
Match Prediction: Who will win today?
Given the dominance of Sydney FC in recent times, they are considered to be the likeliest side to clinch this fixture. However, buoyed by their latest victory against Newcastle Jets, Western Sydney Wanderers will not make life easy for their neighbours.