Glory awaits Sydney in fight for the finals
There are less than six full rounds remaining before the finals it’s a log jam at the top of the Hyundai A-League table, with six of the competition’s eight sides still firmly in the Championship race and the cellar-dwellers not completely out of the picture either, and the battle for places in the top-four is beginning to reach boiling point.
There are less than six full rounds remaining before the finals it-s a log jam at the top of the Hyundai A-League table, with six of the competition-s eight sides still firmly in the Championship race and the cellar-dwellers not completely out of the picture either, and the battle for places in the top-four is beginning to reach boiling point.
Having watched rivals, the Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory both fall to shock defeats on Friday night, Sydney FC knows a win tomorrow afternoon over the Perth Glory would carry it back into serious title contention, and that-s an opportunity John Kosmina-s men don-t intend to miss.
“You can go and hide or you can step up to the plate, and we-ve got the players in the team to step up,” said Central Defender, Iain Fyfe in the lead up to the crucial round-16 contest. “We want to prove a few points, a few things have been said about us as a team and we-re going to go out there and prove to everyone that we-re more than capable of winning this competition.”
Sydney FC and Perth have met twice this season with the Sky Blues dominating the opening outing and taking a 5-2 victory at home, while the Glory turned the tables in round-8 and took the points in a tense encounter at Members Equity Stadium - a result Sydney is keen to avenge on Sunday.
“We want to get them back. We want to make sure they don-t score and we can pay them back for that result over there,” said midfielder, Alex Brosque.
Brosque is the highest all-time scorer for the Sky Blues in games against the Glory, having netted four of the seventeen goals scored by Sydney in eleven clashes between the teams, and he-d like to add to his tally.
“Hopefully I can get forward and have a couple of chances, hopefully get one as well,” he said.
“Perth come here and play like they-ve got nothing to lose and we like to get as many chances as we can in front of our home fans so I think that-s why it-s usually a pretty entertaining contest. Hopefully this week will be the same and the goals can keep flowing for us.”
Given the results from Friday night a win against the Glory could lift Sydney FC as high as second place on the Hyundai A-League ladder. The game gets underway at the Sydney Football Stadium at 5pm on Sunday.