Back Sydney to improve their already impressive record against the Wanderers on Saturday.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC - Saturday 09:50, BT Sport Europe
Wanderers lost their third Grand Final in four seasons as they were beaten in the showpiece event by Adelaide and once again there has been a significant turnover of players during the window as 13 have left and Popovic has brought in 10 new signings. Sydney had a disappointing season last term as they failed to make the Finals but they’ve responded with some serious transfer activity. Brazilian forward Bobo looks to be the most exciting addition and his goals should see Sydney compete for the title this season, particularly as they won’t have to worry about the Champions League this time around.
Wanderers had a W8-D2-L3 record at home last season but one of those defeats did come in their only home match against Sydney as they were beaten 2-1. Indeed, the Wanderers have failed to win any of the six Sydney derbies since 2014/15 due largely to the fact that they’ve failed to keep a clean sheet, with both teams scoring in five of the six.
Sydney lost just four road games last term but did draw six times, with a W3-D6-L4 record overall. That, together with their impressive recent record against the Wanderers means that we’re siding with Sydney to win here as it could take Popovic a few games to bed in his new signings. That was certainly the case last term as his side picked up just one point from their first three, before going on a seven game winning run.