• By any criterion, the 2017 season of the A-League has been one of the most successful in its history, to the extent that expansion talks continue to make the round.

    Competition for eyes of sports fans is fierce, not assisted to any extent by the A-League playing at the same time the NRL and NFL is taking up most of the oxygen in the Australian sporting atmosphere.

    Robbie Cornthwaite would like to see derbies in the semifinals to boost A-League interest levels.

    He feels confident that his Wanderers will eliminate the Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium, which would make the Western Sydney – Melbourne Victory grand final.

    Melbourne City must first dispose of the Perth Glory in an elimination final.

    The idea of a Sydney derby and a Melbourne derby is one that has Cornthwaite’s support and from a league perspective, having the country’s two biggest population centres supplying the teams is a desirable outcome.

    Predicting that the Wanderers could get beyond the Sky Blues and into the grand final is a bit risky, but the Wanderers are the only side to defeat the Sky Blues this season.

    Form certainly has been strong in previous seasons of the A-League, where there has yet to be a flag winner to come from outside the top two.