Australia’s A League is now into the third round of the season and this week sees the first of the seven year old professional league’s Sydney derbies. Highly anticipated the match sees the clash of marquee players Shinji Ono of Western Sydney Wanderers, and Alessandro Del Pierro of Sydney FC.
Ono was quick to mention his eagerness to face Del Piero upon arrival in Sydney and tonight his team which represents the blue collar, working class population of the country’s biggest city are set to make life tough for the ‘latte set’.
Sydney has a long history of competition between east and west in the competitive sports market that is Sydney. The most famous being the former Western Suburbs Magpies and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles of Rugby League. Known as the ‘fibros’ and the ‘silvertails’ respectively, legend has it that the Magpies coach Roy Masters used to have his troops slapping and punching each other in the change rooms prior to kick off.
It’s doubtful that will occur tonight with Wests coach Tony Popovic not known for any pugilist background.
With a sell out crowd in attendance (21500) the FFA couldn’t have wished for a better start to the season as far as attendances go and hopefully Wests can slot the first official goal of their A League lives. Over their first two matches the red and black’s best chances have fallen to Labinot Haliti and Mark Bridge. For the betting man, (and I’m not a betting man) look at the odds of the Wests win $3.40 at Sportingbet. While Wests have looked blunt in attack, the Sydney FC defence has been questionable and this week sees more irregular members in the central defence area. Pascal Bosschaart returns from long term injury to likely partner the nervous Mclenahan for the ‘sky blues’.