It's been eight years in the making, but rookies Western Sydney are showing no signs of nerves as they prepare to make their presence felt against cross-town rivals Sydney FC in the city's inaugural A-League derby.
While Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is keen to talk up the historical significance of Saturday's sold-out match at Parramatta Stadium, there's little to suggest he or his team are feeling overawed by the big occasion.
After a respectable start to A-League life featuring a scoreless draw with Central Coast and 1-0 loss to Adelaide, Popovic said it was business as usual with match preparations remaining the same ahead of the club's biggest game yet.
And he hinted the Wanderers could smell blood against a star-studded Sydney side he predicted would be under heavy pressure following two losses to open their season.
"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," former Sydney assistant coach 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 ... It will certainly be a tough game for them."
Despite a second Sydney team only joining the competition this season, both Popovic and Sydney FC coach Ian Crook believe the intra-city rivalry has been bubbling under the surface for years.
The long-term vision since the competition's inception was for two Sydney teams and, after several hiccups, it has finally become a reality.
"Amongst the fans, you can already sense that it's something they really look forward to," Popovic said.
"It's here now, it's upon us and tomorrow we make history and it should be a special occasion."
Wanderers captain Michael Beauchamp is one of four former Sky Blues players set to face his old club, along with Mark Bridge, Shannon Cole and Nikolai Topor-Stanley.
The centre back admitted he was unsure how it would feel to face his former teammates on the park but said the players were more focused on clinching a first win for the club.
"Everyone's sort of waiting for that (first win) and, if we can do it against Sydney FC in the derby, that would be even more enjoyable," he said.
Western Sydney's star recruit Shinji Ono should build on his first full match in almost a year last week as he matches up against fellow marquee signing Del Piero.
Beauchamp said the Wanderers would have to be careful not to give up free kicks in attacking positions after the Italian superstar scored a screamer in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Jets.
There is speculation Sydney captain Terry McFlynn could be dropped to the bench and replaced by Paul Reid while defender Pascal Bosschaart's return from a long-term Achilles injury will have to wait after he hurt his back at training on Friday.