Matchday 1 Preview: Sydney FC v Ulsan Hyundai FC

The 2019 AFC Champions League gets underway on Wednesday with your Sydney FC facing Korea Republic heavyweights Ulsan Hyundai FC at Jubilee Stadium (kick off 8pm AEDT).

The Sky Blues were bundled out in the group stages in 2018 and they are determined to put things right.

NEWS: Get To Know Ulsan Hyundai FC

Home form was the main issue for Sydney FC last year, failing to win any of the three games in front of their home fans, however Head Coach Steve Corica appears to have his side peaking at the right time, with back-to-back wins in the Hyundai A-League heading into this one.

Iranian star Reza Ghoochannejhad is sure to be confident after nabbing his first goal for the club last Friday night, while they will look to build their success on a water-tight defence led by the experienced Alex Wilkinson.

Ulsan are previous winners of the ACL (back in 2012) and came through the playoffs to book their spot in this year’s edition, meaning they have a few competitive games under their belt.

Reza Ghoochannejhad
Sydney FC's Iranian star Reza Ghoochannejhad

Squad

Sydney FC

1. Andrew Redmayne, 2. Aaron Calver, 3. Ben Warland, 4. Alex Wilkinson, 6. Joshua Brillante, 7. Michael Zullo, 8. Paulo Retre, 9. Adam Le Fondre, 10. Milos Ninkovic, 11. Daniel De Silva, 13. Brandon O'Neill, 14. Alex Brosque, 16. Reza Ghoochannejhad, 17. Anthony Caceres, 18. Jacob Tratt, 20. Alex Cisak, 21. Mitchell Austin, 22. Siem De Jong, 23. Rhyan Grant, 24. Cameron Devlin, 25. Joel King, 27. Jerry Skotadis, 28. Marco Tilio, 30. Tom Heward-Belle, 31. Luke Ivanovic, 32. Jordi Swibel, 33. Liam McGing, 34. Patrick Scibilio, 37. Hamish Lamberton.

What they said

Sydney FC Head Coach Steve Corica

“We are looking forward to a great campaign and the huge challenge of competing against the best of Asian football.

“It’s a difficult task but one we are looking forward to.

“It’s exciting and something different for our players, particularly the younger boys, for whom the experience will one to relish and learn from.”

How to watch

Sydney FC’s home match against Ulsan Hyundai is on Wednesday night kicking off at 8pm AEDT, also on Fox Sports 505.

Tickets

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