Are Sydney FC starting to show some vulnerability? The champs are one of only two teams with six points heading into Round 3 but they needed an own goal to get the money against Melbourne Victory and were then made to work the entire 90 minutes against Wellington last week. Graham Arnold’s side took six rounds last season to conceded two goals but they’ve reached that mark this season. The Wanderers again looked good last week but their defence let them down against the Mariners in a 2-2 result.
3 KEY POINTS
- SYDNEY FC conceded two goals in a game last week for the first time in 21 matches
- WESTERN SYDNEY’s four points from their two matches is their best ever start to an A-league campaign
- ORIOL RIERA continues to be a great early-season buy as he has six goals in his five matches for the Wanderers
- Sydney FC has dominated the Derby with six wins in their past nine clashes (two draws)
- The Wanderers did win their last encounter, 1-nil, which proved to be the only game Sydney FC last in the A-league last season
- Western Sydney’s last win at Allianz Stadium against Sydney FC was in the 2013-14 season
- The Derby is always spiteful and we think that both sides will effectively cancel each other out. Sydney FC may not be going as well as many people think and with an injury concern over marquee man Adrian Mierzejewski they could be drop their points of the season. Western Sydney will definitely take it to the champs and expect striker Oriol Riera to be given plenty of service as he looks to continue his rich vein of goalscoring form.
DRAW / DRAW
- No quarter asked and none given!
- The Brazilian struck twice last week against the Phoenix and will be full of confidence heading into this
TOTAL GOALS OVER OR UNDER
- Three of the last four derbys have ended with two goals or less