Blacktown City FC v Sydney FC, 7.30pm Friday at Lily Homes Stadium
Blacktown City will be determined to fight their way off the bottom of the table with a win against Sydney FC at Lily Homes Stadium on Friday night.
It’s been a season which has gone from worse to worse for Blacktown and coach Mark Crittenden will be scratching his head as he tries to put his finger on what has gone wrong since the season restart.
A 2-0 defeat on the road against Wollongong made it four straight defeats for City who have only scored one goal during that run.
Finding a way to the back of the net seems to be Blacktown’s biggest challenge with Charles Mendy and Hassan Jalloh the club’s only goalscorers so far this campaign.
Improved contributions from attackers Mario Shabow, Leroy Jennings, Rhett Desilva, Dakota Askew and Daniel Araujo are needed if Blacktown are to improve in their final few matches.
They will be up against a Sydney FC side which has had no such issue scoring and will be driven towards reclaiming their spot on the top of the competition ladder.
A 4-2 loss against Sydney United 58 last round would’ve been a bit of a reality check for the Young Sky Blues who had been flying high since the start of the rebooted season.
Coach Jim van Weeren faces an important test in this match as he is tasked with getting his young team back on track.
Patrick Wood continues to go from strength to strength this campaign with his tally of seven goals this campaign a big part of Sydney FC’s success.
Blacktown will offer plenty of resistance in front of their fans but if Sydney FC can rediscover their scoring touch then it may be a tough night at the office for the home side.