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This could be the toughest week of the season for both Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.
The two rivals meet in an epic #BigBlue Semi-Final on Sunday but must first navigate intimidating ventures to South Korea in the 2019 AFC Champions League.
How will your Sky Blues approach their midweek commitments ahead of the weekend’s do-or-die clash in Kogarah?
O’Neill calls Sydney to back themselves in Ulsan
Sydney FC must avoid defeat at all costs against Group H leaders Ulsan Hyundai on Tuesday evening in order to keep their hopes of progression alive (kick-off 8pm AEST).
The Sky Blues are bottom of Group H ahead of the match with the K-League giants, two points off second-placed Shanghai East Asia (in action against Kawasaki Frontale at the same time) and a further five behind the group pacesetters.
It means Head Coach Steve Corica’s men will likely need to win to give themselves a good shot of progression, aided by the return of left-back Michael Zullo, who has missed the club’s previous four matches with a hamstring injury.
Midfielder Brandon O’Neill believes his teammates can take great confidence from their four matches previous, in which they have registered three draws and a loss.
“I think we’ve deserved a lot more out of the games and probably deserved to win them,” O’Neill said.
“We just have to back ourselves, bring the game to them, play with no fear and just enjoy ourselves.”
Ulsan are currently second in the K League and host Sydney on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Pohang Steelers on Saturday.
The two teams played out an entertaining 0-0 stalemate on match day one back in March.
When do they get back in Australia?
Sydney FC are set to touch down on Thursday morning.
How it stands – Group H