Another week of the Hyundai A League season is upon us and it continues with a bang as we see the nineteenth Sydney Derby between Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers, one of the best sporting events on the Australian calendar.
FC have got bragging rights over the Wanderers having won the past three editions, including the FFA Cup Semi Final. This year both sides are excited about their chances, and you can enjoy the action when streaming the games online with a Free trial.
Sydney FC vs Wanderers Preview
These two sides have played each other nineteen times, with Sydney FC winning ten of the matches against the four occasions the Wanderers have claimed a victory, with five draws between them. The last time the rivals met was in the FFA Cup Semi Final a few weeks ago, which saw FC win impressively 3-0.
The game this Saturday will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Moore Park, where it’s expected to attract a crowd of just over 40,000, another sell-out between the intra-city rivals. This will be the first time the game has been played at the SCG, so it will an extra exciting match and a wonderful event to view on television with the two fan bases spurring on their respective sides.
A League Live TV
Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets
Friday 26 October at 7.50 PM (Fox Sports)
Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne City
Saturday 27 October at 5.35 PM (Fox Sports)
Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday 27 October at 7.50 PM (One/Fox Sports)
Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix
Sunday 28 October at 5.00 PM (Fox Sports)
Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory
Sunday 28 October at 7.00 PM (Fox Sports)
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional difference. Sydney Derby TV replay available on Fox Sports in the days after the match has concluded.
A League Live Streaming Options and a Free Trial
While you can find this edition of the Wanderers v Sydney FC on Free to Air TV (One), Fox Sports 4 (Foxtel) will provide the most complete coverage to include every game live, in HD and ad-break free during play, as well as Match Replays throughout the week and the option to watch the A League online.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider the Foxtel from Telstra Sports combo. The Sports combo will broadcast every A-League match live, and if you have to be out and about you can stream Sydney FC vs Wanderers free to eligible mobile devices with the Foxtel Go app.
Sydney FC Preview
The past couple of years has seen the team be one of the more dominant forces in A League history, but with Arnie off to coach the national team, as well as a host of key players leaving, is this powerhouse going to be on the decline in 2018/19? The loss of key forward Bobo will be irreplaceable, as he scored 27 goals across 28 games last season. Adrian Mierzejewski was also a star last year, rightfully winning the Johnny Warren Medal as the best player in the A League. He’s now in Turkey, others have left and now it’s up to Steve Corica as coach to guide this team through the post Arnie era. The transition will be a tricky one for Corica to guide them through but the signs early on in the FFA Cup have been positive, including a dominant win over the Wanderers in the Semi Final, but don‘t look for every installment of the Sydney Derby on Free to Air TV in Australia.
The Wanderers will be a fascinating watch this season. Josep Gombau came into the side last year as coach and brought a more attacking style to their game, but in the end it didn’t work. Sydney missed the finals and Gombau was replaced by German Markus Babbel, who brings a more defensive style of game to his coaching, a formula which worked wonders when the side was coached by inaugural manager Tony Popovic, seeing them reach the Grand Final. Is this side capable of doing that? The A-League is a real mystery with no real standouts in terms of teams but their recent form in the FFA Cup was very good, but were outclassed by Sydney FC in the Semi Final. They’ll need to find a mix between the defensive side and keep possession, and combine that with attack because defence only gets you so far. They need to score goals too otherwise they’ll be languishing near the bottom once again.