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It appears they won’t have to deal with a huge number of travelling supporters with the Wanderers’ allocated active supporter bay reduced from 1100 to 953 due to slow ticket sales. Those who do travel, however, will be put on a “derby express” train, with Sydney Trains putting on a direct service from Parramatta Station to Carlton on Saturday afternoon.

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Sydney Trains confirmed the amended train schedule that will see a T1 western line service be diverted to the T4 south line specifically for Saturday’s derby.

“Sydney Trains is running a direct service to and from Western Sydney on Saturday, February 8, to help get customers to the Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers football match,” a spokesman said. “The outgoing service will leave Parramatta Station at 3.21pm, arriving at Carlton via Strathfield at 4.18pm.The return train will run from Carlton at 7.30pm, reaching Blacktown at 8.44pm via Strathfield, Parramatta, Westmead, and Seven Hills.”

Despite the concerns, there have been no major incidents of poor fan behaviour in the A-League in recent derbies or across the competition this season. While Saturday’s game is the first league derby to be played at a Sydney suburban ground, the two clubs played an FFA Cup match at Penrith at the start of last season. There were no incidents of violent clashes between supporters.

Sydney FC enter the derby flying high, leading the league by 13 points while the Wanderers showed signs of turning their poor season around with a 3-1 win over Central Coast on Sunday. Sydney’s only defeat this season was inflicted by the Wanderers who are itching to extend their streak over their rivals.

“Sydney FC are just killing the competition right now and they keep finding way to win games… hopefully we can play on their minds that we gave them their only loss of this year and we can double up on them,” Wanderers’ captain Mitch Duke said. “It’s a massive occasion, it’s one of those games where everything comes into play. It’s the bragaging rights, it’s the most passiaonte game you can play.”

Meanwhile, former Western Sydney player Vitor Saba has been forced into early retirement after being diagnosed with a heart condition.