Sydney FC begin their Hyundai A-League Championship defence away to Adelaide United on Friday night.
The Sky Blues also travelled to the Reds in last campaign's season-opener, which finished in a 1-1 draw after Adam Le Fondre cancelled out Scott Galloway's strike.
New boys Kosta Barbarouses and Alexander Baumjohann could receive highly-anticipated league debuts for Steve Corica's Sydney, who are undefeated in their last nine matches against Adelaide.
Adelaide could line up with James Troisi after the former Melbourne Victory star signed on last week as Gertjan Verbeek seeks to open his first league match at Coopers Stadium with a victory over the Champions.
Friday, October 11 2019
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: Coopers Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Sydney FC squad: 4.Alex WILKINSON, 5. Alex BAUMJOHANN, 6. Ryan McGOWAN, 7. Michael ZULLO, 8.Paulo RETRE, 9.Adam LE FONDRE, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 16. Joel KING, 17.Anthony CACERES, 18. Luke IVANOVIC, 20. Tom HEWARD-BELLE (GK), 21. Harry VAN DER SAAG, 24. Marco TILIO, 26. Luke BRATTAN, 27. Jordi SWIBEL, 40. Tristan PRENDERGAST (GK).
**two to be omitted**
Unavailable: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk) (Socceroos duty), 2. Patrick FLOTTMANN (Olyroos u23’s Duty), 3.Ben WARLAND (ACL - indefinite), 12. Trent BUHAGIAR (ACL – indefinite), 19. Chris ZUVELA (ACL – indefinite), 23.Rhyan GRANT (Socceroos Duty), 25. Ryan TEAGUE (Joey’s u17’s World Cup Duty).
Did you know?
- Sydney FC are undefeated in their last nine A-League games against Adelaide United, keeping seven clean sheets and conceding just two goals in that span.
- Five of the last nine A-League games between Adelaide United and Sydney FC at Cooper Stadium have ended in a draw, with each team picking up two wins in that time.
- Sydney FC are undefeated in their last six Round 1 fixtures in the A-League, including a 1-all draw with Adelaide United in 2018/19.
Round 1: Adelaide United v Sydney FC