Matchweek 9 Preview: Melbourne City v Sydney FC
Champions Sydney FC travel to face Melbourne City in a rematch of the 2020 A-League Grand Final at AAMI Park on Tuesday night.
The Sky Blues defeated City 1-0 thanks to an extra-time goal scored by Rhyan Grant in the title decider last season.
The two teams meet for the first time since the Grand Final with Sydney FC occupying fifth spot on the A-League table and City lurking in tenth after a shaky start. Patrick Kisnorbo's side lost 1-0 to Newcastle Jets in their last fixture on February 7 before the Victorian lockdown saw the club's last two fixtures postponed.
With two wins and four losses produced from six games to date this season, City welcome the Sky Blues to AAMI Park buoyed by the imminent return of Socceroos striker Andrew Nabbout after his considerable absence from a hamstring injury sustained in Matchweek 1.
Sydney FC, meanwhile, will be hoping Bobô can get off the mark in his second stint at the club after going goalless in the Sky Blues' 0-0 draw with Brisbane Roar earlier in Matchweek 9. It was the Brazilian striker's first appearance since rejoining the club, and after a 30-minute cameo against the Roar Head Coach Steve Corica could inject the spearhead into his side for an even longer stint against City.
Melbourne City v Sydney FC
Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Venue: AAMI Park
Kick-off: 7.05pm AEDT
Broadcast: Fox Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
- Sydney FC have won nine of their last 11 A-League games against Melbourne City (L2); the Sky Blues have conceded just 0.6 goals per game in that span.
- Sydney FC have won 10 of their last 11 A-League games played in Victoria (L1), including their last three on the bounce; they have kept a clean sheet on six of their last nine visits to the state.
- Sydney FC (85%) has the highest passing accuracy of any team in the 2020/21 A-League season; their 458 successful passes per game are the second most of any team.
- Melbourne City are the only team yet to score a goal from outside the box and the only team yet to score a set piece goal this A-League campaign.
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