Wanderers keeper Andrew Redmayne expects Saturday night’s Sydney Derby to be better and more passionate than the Melbourne Derby because of Wanderers’ huge fanbase.
Redmayne joined the Wanderers in the off-season after three years at Melbourne City (Heart) where he played in a handful of local clashes against Melbourne Victory.
Now as the Wanderers No.1, the 26-year-old will on Saturday night taste his first cross-town dogfight in Sydney.
And in a statement which is sure to ruffle a few feathers south of the border, the shot-stopper is predicting this fixture to be the best of the big city derbies in the A-League.
“I played in a few Melbourne derbies but heard some great things about the Sydney derby and I’m expecting big things and an amazing atmosphere,” Redmayne told reporters on Tuesday.
"I think with the passion and the energy that the Wanderers fans bring, I think it's going to be better than the Melbourne derby, that's what I'm expecting.
"Derbies is what football is all about. That passion, that rivalry, almost the bragging rights I guess,” he added.
"There's a lot more pressure a lot more atmosphere, and sold-out crowds, everyone's on their feet, it's just fantastic.
“I just can't wait to get out there on Saturday and play in front of half the stadium full of Wanderers fans.”
Redmayne has started both games so far this season and says he feeling comfortable as the club’s No.1 after being largely a second-choice keeper at his previous clubs.
He says he has benefitted from coach Tony Popovic’s work ethic and a “whole new level of professionalism” at the club.
“I’m more than happy being at the Wanderers and I’m ecstatic at the support and the coaching staff here at this club,” he said.
“I think it’s fantastic not only for me but the whole squad and the whole club that we have such driven people at this club.
“There’s been a lot of positives [in the first two games] and we just have to keep building.”
Redmayne isn’t the only Wanderer who will be experiencing the derby for the first time, with Spanish playmaker Andreu also set for his first clash with the Sky Blues.
He has been involved in big derby clashes in Poland with Polonia Warsaw – against Legia Warsaw – but says more than 40,000 fans at Allianz will make this an experience to remember.
"I hear many things, that it's the best game in the league and a lot of people will be in the stadium - 40,000 or close,” said the Spaniard, who admits he knows little about Sydney FC.
“It will be a special game. I like a lot playing in these kinds of games because always the nerves are on yourself…I hope we can get the three points."
The fixture is tipped to sellout before game day on Saturday.