Two of the A-League’s in form sides clash at Allianz Stadium tonight as Sydney FC take on Newcastle Jets. Both sides go in to the game on three game winning streaks – a big turnaround from a month ago when both Frank Farina and Gary van Egmond were considered to be the two coaches whose jobs were under most threat.
If Sydney want to extend their run to a club record four wins in a row then they will have to stop the Jets’ top goal scorer Adam Taggart. His impressive hat-trick last week against Melbourne Heart shows he is one to watch out for in the future, and the Jets have been quick to tie him down to a well earned new contract.
For the second home game in a row Sydney FC came away with all three points against Wellington despite being reduced to ten men. Just as they did last season, disciplinary problems are again costing Sydney the chance of fielding a settled side. Pedj Bojic serves ban for his two yellow cards last week, while Tiago Calvano’s eight week suspension was confirmed this week by FFA.
Matt Jurman is likely to get a chance to stake a claim for a first team spot during the absence of Calvano. He will come in at centre back with Seb Ryall covering Bojic at right back. Jurman impressed during his first spell at Sydney and was a fan favourite before his departure to Brisbane.
The winner of this match has the chance to climb into the top two, at least temporarily until Western Sydney Wanderers play on Sunday. It will certainly be a less one sided game than the Round 1 encounter at the same venue when Sydney strolled to victory over a poor jets side. Both sides are playing much better football and are less reliant on their respective marquee men Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey. With both sides in great form, fans who make the trip to Allianz Stadium could be in for a treat.
Saturday 30th November, Allianz Stadium Moore Park 19:45
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets