Perth Glory face Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League this Sunday at Parramatta Stadium.
The Wanderers will be in exuberant mood, having recorded a 1-0 win over Japanese opponents Kawasaki Frontale last night.
Western Sydney are now very well placed to progress from Group H of the AFC Champions League.
The club has performed admirably given this is the first time they have ventured into continental competition.
The rise of Western Sydney to become one of the A-League’s powerhouse sides is really quite remarkable.
The Wanderers already feel like such a fixture in the competition that it is difficult to imagine life without them.
It is almost incredible to think therefore, that the club is not yet even two years old.
The Sydney Derby has quickly become the biggest and best in the country, both in terms of quality on the park and the spectacle that is played out in the stands.
And there lies the one of the most compelling reasons for the Blacktown team’s success.
Western Sydney can boast the most boisterous and animated supporters in the A-League, and this has helped to quickly establish a real culture and identity around the club.
It is something that other clubs could certainly learn from, an intangible quality that the likes of Melbourne Heart have not yet been able to capture.
The Wanderers fans are to be commended for helping their club quickly become an indispensable member of the league.
Can Perth Glory learn anything from Western Sydney as they plot their rise back to the top of the Australian game?