Another cracking Sydney Derby takes over the Harbour City this Saturday in round eight of the Hyundai A-League.
And form is set to be be thrown out the window as 10th place Western Sydney Wanderers FC host fourth place Sydney FC at Wanderland.
The Sky Blues got bragging rights earlier this season but Tony Popovic’s side have been crowned Asian champions since then and will be hell-bent on revenge to get their season up and running.
We look at the three reasons why both teams will fancy themselves to get some joy in Parra on Saturday night.
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS FC
1) Home form.
The Wanderers may be winless in the Hyundai A-League this season but they are a different side when playing out of their Parramatta base.
Their two points for the campaign have both come at home in the last week, stretching their unbeaten run at the venue to 12 games in all competitions.
With the vociferous RBB behind them as a 12th man again on Saturday night, it might just inspire the Wanderers to their best performance of the season against their rivals.
2) Milos Dimitrijevic is suspended.
The Serbian midfielder has been in superb form for the Sky Blues so far this season, playing a huge role in their success.
Along with Socceroos midfielder Terry Antonis, the pair has provided the stability, class and assists to Graham Arnold’s side and would have been hard for the likes of Wanderers pair Mateo Poljak and Iacopo La Rocca to contain.
But a red card on the weekend means Arnold will need to find a replacement for Dimitrijevic in the middle of the park, but there’s no doubt the Sky Blues have lost some thrust with his omission.
3) Attack ready to explode.
While their stunning Asian Champions League success will take some topping, there’s no doubt the heavy travel and huge achievement has taken its toll on the players.
But there have been signs in the last two games the Wanderers are close to rediscovering their mojo.
The exciting, powerful and speedy “front-four” of Tomi Juric, Vitor Saba, Nikita Rukavytsya and Romeo Castelen have the potential to form a lethal partnership.
If they catch fire on Saturday night, the Wanderers might just find some joy against the stingy Sky Blue defence.