NPL Round 9 Preview

Sydney FC v Marconi Stallions, 3pm Saturday at Lambert Park

Sydney FC will be looking to fight their way off the bottom of the National Premier Leagues NSW ladder with a win when they host Marconi Stallions on Saturday.

The Rob Stanton coached side has been competitive this season but has lacked the clinical edge to turn strong performances into wins.

They will hope to turn the corner and claim a much needed three competition points against a Stallions side which has proven it can challenge the best sides in the league.

Sydney suffered another narrow defeat last week against Sydney Olympic and the side will be focussed on maintaining their rigidity in defence for the full 90 minutes.

At the other end of the park, Hassan Jalloh and Jeremy Cox will be the main contributors in attack while captain Sam McIllhatton is once again expected to pull the strings from midfield.

Marconi come into the game off the back of consecutive wins after they downed a struggling Rockdale City Suns

The Stallions have rediscovered their winning form in recent weeks and are only just finding their feet after a mixed start to their first campaign back in the NSW top flight.

Coach Peter Tsekenis has a well drilled side which could be a bogey team for many during the second half of the season.

Rising young Stallions star Judah Cleur is a player to watch out for as the youngster has made an impressive start to his top tier NPL career.

Sydney FC are known for their energetic performances and the up-tempo style could prove problematic for Marconi’s veteran defence.

If the Young Sky Blues can keep it together for 90 minutes than they are a great chance of collecting their second win of the season.

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The Sky Blues' U20's will look to build on their 2-2 draw last week against Olympic. Photo by Jaime Castaneda

Sydney FC v Marconi Stallions, 1.00pm at Lambert Park

Sydney FC know they can’t afford to drop more points in their clash with Marconi Stallions this Saturday lunchtime at Lambert Park.

The Sky Blues were held to a 2-2 draw by bottom-side Sydney Olympic last Sunday which extended an eight point gap between Sydney and competition leaders Sutherland Sharks.

The stalemate was the third draw in five matches for Sydney who will have to address several recurring issues – most notably in defence – in order to sustain the title challenge their quality squad demands.

They’ll fancy their chances at picking off a Marconi Stallions team that has offered a lot of promise this campaign but has lost their last three matches. With Sydney forwards Hamish Lamberton (10 goals) and Jordan Swibel (6) in sensational goalscoring touch the Stallions defence must summon one of their best displays of the season to avoid a fourth straight loss.

 

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