NPL NSW Round 17 Preview

Blacktown City FC v Sydney FC, 3pm Sunday at Lily Homes Stadium

Third placed Blacktown City will be hoping to further cement their spot at the top end of the table with a win against  Sydney FC team at Lily Homes Stadium on Sunday.

Mark Crittenden’s men have gone quietly with their own business making a surge into the current top five placings.

Blacktown ground out a hard-fought 1-0 win against Manly last round to claim their first victory in three games and will look to this match as a valuable opportunity for another three points.

Joey Gibbs found the back of the net for only his fifth goal of the season as the former Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC front man struggles to reach his usual high scoring output without his previous teammmates in the form of Mitch Mallia and Danny Choi.

Emmanuel Gonzalez and Leroy Jennings are slowly building a chemistry with the veteran striker and it could prove dangerous for opposition teams once it all clicks.

Looking to stop them is Sydney FC.

The Young Sky Blues have been doing it tough with a new intake of youth stars trying to adapt to the hustle and bustle of NSW’s premier football competition.

However, it’s not all bad news for coach Jimmy van Weeren with his squad bristling with quality across the park and the ability to test the competitions top teams for stretches.

Marco Tilio is one player who can break open a game in an instant and is sure to create headaches for the Blacktown City defence while the return of Jordi Swibel could once again propel the Sky Blues to victories. That and the recent run of good form of Ryan Teague, expect goals and excitement from van Weeren’s men.

Blacktown will be favourites for this match but they could be forced to save face if they don’t give Sydney’s up and coming stars the respect they deserve.