Another week of the Hyundai A League season is upon us and it continues with a bang as we see the twenty first 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 four 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 live online.
Sydney FC vs Wanderers Preview
These two sides have played each other twenty times, with Sydney FC winning eleven of the matches against the four occasions the Wanderers have claimed a victory, and the other five games resulting in draws. The last time the rivals met was in the second round of the 2018/19 A-League Premiership season, in a match which FC won 2-0.
The game this Saturday will be played at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, where it’s expected to attract a crowd of close to 40,000. The two sides have endured contrasting starts to the season and Sydney FC will head in as comfortable favourites as a result, but this is a rivalry which brings out more passion than any other in the league and is always compelling viewing, regardless of where the teams find themselves in the standings.
A League Live TV
Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory
Friday 14 December at 7.50 PM (Fox Sports)
Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners
Saturday 15 December at 5.35 PM (Fox Sports)
Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC
Saturday 15 December at 7.50 PM (One/Fox Sports)
Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory
Sunday 16 December at 5.00 PM (Fox Sports)
Adelaide United v Melbourne City FC
Sunday 16 December 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.
Watch or Stream the A League Live
While you can find this edition of the Wanderers v Sydney FC on Free to Air TV (One), Fox Sports 4 (Foxtel/Kayo) 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.
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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.