Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic said cross-town rivals Sydney FC will be under heavy pressure when the sides meet for the A-League derby on Saturday.
The Sky Blues head into the sold-out clash at Parramatta Stadium without a point from their opening two games after back-to-back losses to Wellington Phoenix and Newcastle Jets.
In a further setback for Sydney, defender Pascal Bosschaart has ruled himself out of contention.
"Probable the worst day in my whole rehab. Set back for a few days. Sorry for all the sydney fc members," the Dutchman Tweeted on Friday.
Wanderers drew its debut clash and is above Sydney on the table."They're a side that's expected to be challenging for the title and I'm sure they wouldn't be happy with the points return they have," Popovic said.
"When you've got (Alessandro) Del Piero, (Brett) Emerton), you're at a club that's expected to win things.
"So they come into this game knowing that they need a result and they'll certainly want one.
"They're the pressures that you get when you're a team that a lot is expected from. It will certainly be a tough game for them."
Popovic reported a clean bill of health before putting his side through its final training session at Blacktown Olympic Park on Friday morning, and said excitement levels were high.
"You can feel a buzz around the whole city about this game," the former Sydney assistant coach said.
"It's a rivalry that we've seen how good it's been in Melbourne and we'll have our own derby now, our own rivalry."
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