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The 24th matchday of the current season extends from Friday to Monday in the Australian A-League. Six rounds of play are still on the program in the basic round, but due to the current developments these will be contested without spectators. The most interesting duel this weekend is in Sydney. This leads to a derby between the WS Wanderers and Sydney FC.
A derby in which there is a lot at stake, especially for the home side. If the season ends regularly, the championship round is still on the program, but a top six place must be achieved for this. The Wanderers are currently two points behind this top six place. Sydney FC, on the other hand, dominates the league at will and is the superior league leader. The game starts on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.European time.
Australia has a special charm for many Europeans and it is therefore not surprising that many footballers of advanced age also take the path “down under” to end their careers. However, the level in the A-League is certainly not yet comparable to that in Europe. An average player can be one of the big stars in Australia.
In the Western Sydney Wanderers squad – as the WS Wanderers’ full name is – there are quite a few well-known names. Ex-Frankfurt’s Nicolai Müller and Pirmin Schwegler are familiar to every German soccer fan. Goalkeeper Daniel Lopar was number one at Swiss top club FC Sankt Gallen for years. The team of head coach Jean-Paul de Marigny does not lack sounding names.
The greatest success in the still young club history – the club was only founded in 2012 – was the sensational title win in the 2014 AFC Champions League. In the final, Al Hilal was defeated and the club qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup in 2014.
After the sensational success, there have been many ups and downs for WS Wanderers in recent years. In this sense, the current season has been a bit symptomatic of the past few years. After a good start to the season (ten points from four games), the team slipped into a crisis and lost eight of the following ten league games.
In the past few weeks, however, there has been an upward trend again and the Wanderers collected eleven out of 18 possible points in six games.
Sydney FC was one of the founding members of the Australian A-League and, with head coach Pierre Littbarski, secured the first title win in A-League history in March 2006. To date, a total of four championships can be found in the display cabinet of Sydney FC. Among other things, the team of head coach Steve Corica is the current defending champion.
The defending champion impressively underpins the role as the strongest team in the country in the season so far. Nineteen games were played and Sydney collected no less than 47 of the 57 possible points. 15 wins are only two draws and two losses. Both the offensive (41 goals) and the defensive (15 goals conceded) are the best in the entire league.
Sydney FC’s two losses this season came from city rivals Western Sydney Wanderers. Although the defending champion has already fixed first place, the sporting incentive will be given to avert a third defeat against the city rivals.
The most famous player at Sydney is certainly the ex-Schalke player and ex-Bayern player Alexander Baumjohann. The now 33-year-old started his Australia adventure with the Western Sydney Wanderers in summer 2018. However, after his contract was not renewed, he signed with the city rival. With 17 appearances there are one goal and five assists.
The most important player in the season so far is the Englishman Adam le Fondre. The top striker (16 goals this season) is also 33 years old and has been playing “down under” for a year and a half. Its built-in goal guarantee already brought a number of points. In 58 games he scored no less than 40 goals. His 16 goals mean second place behind Jamie MacLaren in the top scorer list.
WS Wanderers vs Sydney FC head to head matches
28.02.20 ALE Sydney FC WS Wanderers 0 : 1
26.10.19 ALE WS Wanderers Sydney FC 1 : 0
13.04.19 ALE WS Wanderers Sydney FC 1 : 1
15.12.18 ALE WS Wanderers Sydney FC 1 : 3
27.10.18 ALE Sydney FC WS Wanderers 2 : 0