The first Westfield W-League Sydney derby of the season previewed, where both teams are desperately seeking a maiden victory of the season.
Sydney FC would normally start as hot favourites, and perhaps on paper they still do, but these are unusual times. The Sky Blues, two-time champions and boasting a team littered with quality, have somehow crashed to successive defeats conceding nine goals in the process.
Now, with a trio of Westfield Matildas back in the side and ready to line up, there is little obvious reason why Sydney FC should perform so poorly again. However, while Western Sydney Wanderers may lack star power they have constantly proven themselves capable of competing with the very best on their day.
It will be quite an occasion with the match live on national TV, and being played on the impressive stage that is Pirtek Stadium in the heart of Parramatta. Then add to that the familiarity among the two teams. Many of the two sets of players have grown up together in the NSW Institute program, playing for the same club or even national team.
This contest is a hard one to pick. And like many derbies, the added layer brought about by the occasion can further even the ledger.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC
Sunday 1 November 2015
Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta, Sydney
Local kick-off: 2pm
(Hyundai A-League double-header)
* Watch all the action Live from 2.00pm nationally on Fox Sports (Channel 505), or ABC TV. Or catch-up on ABC iView.
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Western Sydney Wanderers squad: Teagan Micah (gk), Carmelina Moscato, Chloe O’Brien, Eliza Ammendolia, Kendall Johnson, Rachael Soutar, Erica Halloway, Michelle Carney, Elizabeth Grey, Keelin Winters, Hannah Beard, Alix Roberts, Ellie Carpenter, Linda O’Neill, Jada Whyman (gk)
Unavailable: Caitlin Cooper (leg – 1 week)
Sydney FC squad: Michelle Betos (gk), Teigen Allen, Renee Rollason, Teresa Polias (c), Jasmyne Spencer, Nicola Bolger, Leena Khamis, Amy Harrison, Elizabeth Ralston, Natalie Tobin, Trudy Camilleri, Alanna Kennedy, Kyah Simon, Lyndsay Kohlet, Princess Ibini, Sham Khamis (gk)
Ins: Alanna Kennedy, Amy Harrison, Kyah Simon (all return from Westfield Matildas duty)
Outs: Sunny Franco, Ellyse Perry (both omitted)
Unavailable: Olivia Price (ankle)