Wanderers positive ahead of derby

17 February 2017 06:40:28 EST
Tony Popovic

Western Sydney are taking plenty of heart from their last meeting with Sydney FC ahead of Saturday's derby.

So says central defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis, who believes Wanderers were unlucky not to beat the Sky Blues when they faced them last month.

That was a real highlight for us - our first clean sheet of the season.

Jonathan Aspropotamitis

Tony Popovic's side came badly unstuck against their local rivals on the opening day of the season when they lost 4-0.

But their defensive performance at Allianz Stadium in Round 15 was impressive as they restricted Sydney FC to just eight shots, only five of which were on target, in a 0-0 draw.

The league leaders, still unbeaten after 19 games this season, have four forwards who are at the top of their game.

Alex Brosque, Bobo, Milos Ninkovic and Filip Holosko have combined for 31 goals this term, Brosque leading the way with nine. That quartet all started in last month's meeting but were kept quiet.

Aspropotamitis said: "That was a real highlight for us - our first clean sheet of the season. We took a lot of confidence out of stopping their front four, who have been so potent this year in scoring goals against so many teams.

"We know their front four are all quality players and if you have a lapse in concentration at any point they can create something out of nothing, so being really tight and aggressive with them is the key and we did it well that night."

The defender added: "To hold them to nil and also at the other end to almost snatch the game, because we had enough chances ourselves, was a big positive for us."

Wanderers want to win back bragging rights in the final Sydney derby of the season, and a win could take them back into the top six.

Wanderers are 11/4 to beat Sydney FC, who are 1/1 with the draw 5/2.

Wanderers are 9/2 to win the game by a one-goal margin.

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