The Western Sydney Wanderers will be hoping to win their first Sydney Derby blockbuster since the 2013/14 A-League season when they take on arch rivals Sydney FC this Saturday night at Allianz Stadium.
The Wanderers haven’t defeated the Sky Blues since January 11 last year, when they narrowly won 1-0 at Pirtek Stadium.
Since then, Sydney FC have had the Wanderers’ measure resulting in two wins and one draw from three meetings last season.
Speaking with the media on Tuesday morning, new Wanderers goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne said he couldn’t wait to play in his first Sydney Derby.
“It’s a massive game, I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.
“I’ve heard some great things about the Sydney Derby, so I’m expecting big things and an amazing atmosphere.”
The 26-year-old isn’t a stranger to local derbies, having played in a number of them during his three-year tenure at Melbourne City.
However, Redmayne is expecting Saturday night’s clash to top anything he’s been a part of before.
“I think with the passion and energy that the Wanderers fans have, I think it’s going to be better than the Melbourne Derby, that’s what I’m expecting,” he said.
“I can’t wait to get out there and play in front of half a stadium full of Wanderers fans.”
Western Sydney were finally able to kick start their season last Friday night when they held on for a 1-1 draw against Adelaide United.
New Wanderers recruit Andreu scored his first goal in Wanderers colours but that wasn’t before he was part of an unfortunate own goal, which saw Adelaide take a 1-0 lead into the break.
Luckily for the Spaniard he was able to redeem himself in the 83rd minute, when he rifled home a great goal from close range.
“I hope I don’t score an own goal again,” Andreu admitted.
“I don’t score goals very often, so it was good to be able to change the own goal and get my first goal in the league.
“I think we played a good game last week, we keep improving and it was good to get the one point.”
The Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC will do battle at 7.30pm this Saturday at Allianz Stadium. The match is live on Fox Sports.
Nathan Taylor is the Weekender’s Deputy Editor and Senior Sports Writer. He also compiles the weekly Chatter on the Box TV column. Nathan is an award-winning journalist, who has worked at the Weekender for nearly a decade.