Grant: Sydney needs derby clean sheet

Sydney FC’s ‘Mr Versatile’ Rhyan Grant is predicting a home win when the Sky Blues take on Western Sydney Wanders in Saturday’s sold-out derby blockbuster.

Grant has started the opening two A-League games of the season at left-back due to Alex Gersbach being away on international duty with the Young Socceroos.

Last season Grant missed out on the Sky Blues’ Round Two come-from-behind 3-2 home win due to a long-term injury.

Now back to full fitness and with a full pre-season behind him, the 24-year-old is looking forward to being part a first ever home win against the Wanderers.

“Obviously it’s exciting everyone loves the derby,” he told FourFourTwo.

“The week building up to it – it’s just as exciting as the game itself and everyone gets pumped, so it’s a good feeling in the camp.

“I’m going to hope for 2-0 win. I think that first and foremost we want to keep a clean sheet, especially being at home.

“Being at home our fans will drive us and we’ll score a couple of goals with the players we’ve got in the attacking third.

“They’ll have a few players that haven’t played in the derby before, so hopefully we can get confidence out of that.”

So far this season coach Graham Arnold has not been able to call upon all of his members of squad as international duty, injuries and suspension has restricted the makeup of his team.

Marquee signing Slovakia international Filip Holosko returns after missing the win against Newcastle Jets through injury and Olyroo Andrew Hoole comes into the squad after missing the Jets game through suspension.

Grant said the new recruits have settled in well and that the squad is not far away from being at its most fluent.

“We are still building week to week, he said.

“I think that we’ve shown in the last two weeks glimpses of what we can do. Even the new imports and the new players have done extremely well.

“Things are just going to get better as a team and those individual players are going to get better as the season goes on and hopefully we can all do quite well.”