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Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Sydney FC: Whose Town Is This?

Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley controls the ball during the round three A-League match between Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers at Allianz Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. October 24, 2015| Credit: Cameron Spencer

Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club and Graham Arnold’s Sydney Football Club meet in the Sydney Derby this weekend at Parramatta Stadium in Parramatta, Western Sydney, Australia on Saturday, Jan. 16. Western Sydney is 8-3-3 (27 points) while Sydney FC are currently 6-6-2 (24 points). Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 a.m. PT/3:30 a.m. ET. A Live Blog of the game is scheduled to begin on Friday at 10 p.m. PT/1 a.m. ET (Saturday).

One player that is expected to make a massive impact for the visitors is Ali Abbas. After a long layoff due to injury, Abbas scored late in Sydney’s 2-0 win over the Newcastle Jets at ANZ Stadium.

“I don’t think it could have been scripted any better, it’s a day about Ali Abbas, let the headlines be about him, let the stories be about Ali,” said Arnold. “I didn’t think he’d come back, but the amount of work and effort he’s put in, not probably having a day off in the 13 months he’s had the injury, it’s a great story the way it’s panned out for him today.

“He’s worked extremely hard, he’s a wonderful kid, he’s passionate and that’s what we need in this team. On Monday I know he’ll be saying ‘coach, I want the Wanderers’.

“That’s what his aim has been for the last 13 months, he’s put the date in the dressing room. I was happy with the performance, it’s a good lead in for the Wanderers next week. To get a couple of goals and a clean sheet is also good and there’s a lot of promising things.”

“I’m feeling so happy and I couldn’t think that I was going to score today but I’ve done it and I’m so happy and I promise the fans that more will come,” said Abbas.

Here are some bold predictions for this weekend’s contest between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC.

  • Ali Abbas will score for Sydney FC (of course).
  • Filip Holosko will score for Sydney FC.
  • Vedran Janjetovic will make under five saves.
  • Andrew Redmayne will make under five saves.
  • Mark Bridge will score a brace for Western Sydney.
  • Mitch Nichols will score for Western Sydney.
  • At least 35 fouls will be whistled.
  • Under seven cards will be issued.
  • At least 20,000 will be in attendance.
  • No goals will be scored in the last 10 minutes and stoppage.

This is another classic derby match you don’t want to miss. And here at the Stoppage Time, we got the Western Sydney Wanderers holding sway.

Western Sydney Wanderers 3, Sydney FC 2

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