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A-League: Top five Sydney derbies of all time

23:04 GMT 08/12/2017
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Goal looks at the top five Sydney derby matches in history ahead of Saturday night's contest at ANZ Stadium

It's the second Sydney derby of the season on Saturday night and it's sure to be a blockbuster as always.

Both teams couldn't be seperated in a pulsating 2-2 draw at Allianz Stadium in October, but since then Sydney FC have opened up a 14 point gap over the Western Sydney Wanderers.

However, you can expect the Wanderers to lift in front of a crowd that is hopefully in excess of 40,000.

The Sky Blues have been the dominant team in the fixture, winning seven of the 16 matches, but were denied by the Wanderers last season in their only loss for the entire campaign.

But it's the Wanderers active supporters who rule in the stands, with their movement, chants and choreography.

In the lead-up to the 17th instalment of the Sydney derby, Goal takes a look at the top five:

5 - Record crowd sees Sky Blues shine

Western Sydney Wanderers 0-4 Sydney FC

October 8, 2016

ANZ Stadium

The history of the A-League has been littered with slip-ups off the field but this was a moment where football made a serious statement.

A crowd of 61,880 turned up at the former Olympic stadium in Sydney to watch this opening round encounter of the 2016-17 season, breaking the previous A-League attendance record of 55,436.

While the final score - another Sydney derby record - seemed apt as Sydney extended their unbeaten run in this fixture to eight matches, the Wanderers could have felt harshly done by.

The first half was tense, including a all-in brawl on the half-hour mark, while Western Sydney took control after going 2-0 down in the second half and peppered the Sky Blues' goal.

But a red card to Wanderers defender Aritz Borda ended the home side's hopes of a comeback and a stunning free-kick from Brandon O'Neill steadied the ship for Sydney as they eventually notched four goals in an emphatic victory.

4 - Smeltz's late show

Western Sydney Wanderers 1-2 Sydney FC

January 16, 2016

Parramatta Stadium

Sydney FC stretched their unbeaten run in the derby to six games in this edition, with the Sky Blues notching an unprecedented third consecutive win.

The visitors took the lead when Jacques Faty headed the ball home in the 22nd minute, with Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne unable to collect Seb Ryall's centring header from a corner.

Dario Vidosic equalised in superb fashion in the 58th minute, curling his shot inside the far post and sparking the home fans.

But Sydney had the last laugh.

Substitute Shane Smeltz smashed the ball past Redmayne in the 90th minute from Matt Jurman's knockdown as the Sky Blues fans celebrated again.

3 - Wanderers' successful invasion

Sydney FC 0-2 Western Sydney Wanderers

October 26, 2013

Sydney Football Stadium

This game was arguably the moment that the Sydney derby came of age.

Having won the A-League premiership in their inaugural season, Western Sydney went to the Sky Blues' home turf in the third round of the 2013-14 campaign looking to prove themselves as the Harbour City's biggest club.

With one end of Allianz Stadium covered in Red-and-Black, the Wanderers' fans certainly made a statement and on the pitch goals to Iacopo La Rocca and Shinji Ono saw Tony Popovic's men secure victory.

Ono was central to the Wanderers' win, with La Rocca nodding the Japanese midfielder's free-kick into the net in the 11th minute.

Western Sydney's marquee then produced one of the best goals the derby has seen, flicking the ball over one opponent, nodding it on and then shooting past Vedran Janjetovic on the turn.

2 - The Og Monster gets angry

Sydney FC 3-2 Western Sydney Wanderers

October 18, 2014

Sydney Football Stadium

Sasa Ognenovski left an indelible mark on this derby as Sydney FC came back from the death.

Western Sydney surged to a 2-0 lead inside 25 minutes as Mark Bridge volleyed Romeo Castelen's cross into the net and then Sydney goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic misjudged a looping ball and punched it into his own net.

Sydney dragged themselves back into the contest in first-half stoppage time thanks to Corey Gameiro's goal and Ognenovski levelled the match in the 49th minute.

The Wanderers' hopes of victory weren't helped when Vitor Saba was shown a straight red card for a nasty challenge - Ognenovski would be suspended after the fact for slapping the Brazilian in the ensuing melee - and Alex Brosque struck the winner for the Sky Blues with 11 minutes left.

The enduring image of this derby, however, is Ognenovski, who had a running battle with Brendon Santalab throughout the game, pushing Janjetovic away from cramping opponent Brendan Hamill as the goalkeeper attempted to help the Western Sydney defender.

1 - Bulut can't save Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers 3-4 Sydney FC

February 28, 2015

Parramatta Stadium

The highest-scoring Sydney derby is unsurprisingly Goal's favourite.

Sydney looked to be in control early away from home as an Ante Covic own goal, plus a double from Marc Janko, saw the Sky Blues surge into a 3-0 lead by the 24th minute.

Iacopo La Rocca dragged Western Sydney back into the game just past the half-hour mark but it was debutant Kerem Bulut, who briefly turned the match on its head.

Bulut struck either side of half-time, with his second goal coming in a haze of flare smoke from the edge of the area and prompting the striker to rip off his shirt and embrace the RBB.

But Sydney recovered and with 16 minutes left, Terry Antonis struck the winning goal to clinch an incredible win.