Glory and Roar both at the point of no return in A-League
THE Sydney derby was only born this season in the A-League, but already it has developed into arguably the biggest game on the domestic Australian football calendar.
And the third version of the Sky Blues v Wanderers is the most important one so far.
Everything is on the line tomorrow - not just city pride.
For Sydney it is a chance to consolidate its place in the top six and secure a spot in the finals, something which looked well out of reach before the arrival of former Socceroos coach Frank Farina.
For Tony Popovic and the Wanderers, a win will see the rookie club take out the Premier's Plate and also extend its remarkable winning streak to 11 - not bad for a club which did not even exist or have a name this time last year.
Both Popovic and Farina will have their men perfectly primed for the blockbuster clash at Parramatta Stadium and with a sellout and vociferous crowd expected, I am sure there will be plenty of fireworks.
There is no doubt that because of their remarkable winning record, the Wanderers deserve to take out the minor premiership.
But Farina will not take a backward step in the Sydney derby.
There are key match-ups all over the field but the biggest battle will be between the two marquee men - Shinji Ono and Alessandro Del Piero.
The Italian was a little off his game last week and even missed a penalty, so Farina will hope his star man is firing on all cylinders this week.
Ono has quietly gone about his job but when he has been needed to step up for the Wanderers he has done that.
At the moment the head-to-head between the two is one win each, with the Wanderers winning the last clash 2-0.
Popovic's men do not concede too many goals, but Del Piero has shown before he has the key on his day to unlock even the tightest defence.
It's a game that could go either way and one that should be an absolute cracker.
So too should the games between Melbourne Victory and Perth tomorrow and Brisbane Roar's clash with Melbourne Heart on Sunday.
For both the Glory and the Roar, this is almost the point of no return.
Both teams must win to keep finals hopes alive, so all in all this is a big weekend on the A-League calendar and should be a fantastic one for all the fans.