Sydney FC vs. Western Sydney Wanderers – A-League, January 16, 2021
The first Sydney Derby of 2021 takes place this weekend, with Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers clashing at Stadium Australia on Saturday, January 16.
Despite winning the title last year, the Sky Blues failed to beat WSW 2020. Steve Corica’s men will surely feel that now is the perfect time to end the Wanderers’ recent domination of this fixture.
Keep reading to see my Sydney FC vs. Western Sydney Wanderers prediction and betting pick.
Sydney FC vs. Western Sydney Wanderers Odds
As you can see, 10bet still sees Sydney FC (1.71) as the dominant force in this fixture. I mean, it is difficult to argue with that viewpoint, right?
But having avoided defeat in each of the previous four Sydney Derbies, Western Sydney Wanderers (4.95) will fancy their chances of snatching at least a draw (3.50), if not more.
Sydney FC vs. Western Sydney Wanderers Preview
Sydney FC prepared for the 2020/21 A-League season with a run in the AFC Champions League, claiming a notable 4-0 victory over Shanghai SIPG along the way. Corica’s men also managed to hold Yokohama FM to a draw, although they failed to make it past the group stage.
Still, playing against that level of opposition can only be a good thing.
The Sky Blues were pushed all the way by Wellington Phoenix in their opening game of the domestic campaign. Calem Nieuwenhof gave the defending champions the lead, but Mirza Muratovic equalized on the stroke of half-time.
However, a stunning long-range free-kick from Luke Brattan saw Sydney FC claim a 2-1 victory.
The Nix racked up 22 shots, yet goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne was up to the challenge. The New Zealanders also enjoyed the majority of possession, so I’m sure Corica will be looking for a more dominant display from his players on Saturday.
While Sydney FC has only played one game this season, the Wanderers have already played twice. The Carl Robinson era began with a 1-0 defeat to A-League newcomers Macarthur FC, but the team bounced back to beat Newcastle Jets 2-1 last weekend.
Despite all the team’s attacking power, the goals against the Jets came from two unlikely sources. Simon Cox, Nicolai Muller, and James Troisi were leading a dangerous WSW forward line, yet defenders Ziggy Gordan and Tate Russell got the goals.
With British duo Graham Dorrans and Jordon Mutch strengthening the midfield during the offseason, Robinson’s squad is looking solid in every department.
The Wanderers can take confidence from the fact that they haven’t lost to their bitter rivals since 2018. Since then, two wins and two draws have seen WSW retain the local bragging rights in recent times.
Sydney FC vs. Western Sydney Wanderers Prediction and Pick
In all honesty, if I was going to back Sydney FC to win this one, I would like the price for the home victory to be a bit higher. We all know that the Sky Blues are the favorites for a reason, but the Wanderers always seem to rise to the occasion of the Sydney Derby.
Form and class generally go out the window when these two sides clash, so I’m expecting a tight contest between two rivals. Ultimately, I believe the draw is the way to go here.