Sydney FC will be hoping to get back to winning ways in the A-League on Sunday against Melbourne Heart having suffered their first defeat in five games last weekend. Their opponents are still winless this season, but will take confidence from two well earned draws in their last two games.
Alessandro Del Piero has declared himself fit to play for Sydney FC after missing last week’s defeat against the Mariners. A final decision will be left as late as possible, but his inclusion would be a big plus for Sydney. Their recent four game winning run coincided with Del Piero’s return from a previous injury, and there is no doubt that his presence lifts teammates and fans alike.
Sydney still look to be settling into a new style of play, with players such as Nick Carle deployed in unfamiliar roles. When it goes well their movement and rotations allow them to play a dominating up tempo passing game. When it doesn’t work well – as was the case against the Mariners – their tempo slows right down and they are often overrun through the middle of the park.
Harry Kewell could make his first start for Heart since round one, after he came off the bench last week against the Wanderers. Heart are playing much better football than when these two met exactly a month ago, even if they are still without a win this season. It is a tough ask for them to end their winless run on a second visit to Sydney in consecutive weekends, but the extra fight they have shown lately is perhaps a sign that they are playing for their under fire coach John Aloisi’s future.
Match day tickets also include the W-League match between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory kicking off at 14:15. This will be Sydney’s first match back home since returning from the International Women’s Club Championship in Japan. Alen Stajcic’s side finished third after falling agonisingly short of a great comeback against Chelsea in the semi-finals.
Sydney FC fans should get to Allianz Stadium early to give their W-League side some well earned congratulations, and then get behind the first team as they look to get back into a winning run. All pre-purchased tickets include public transport to and from the stadium.
Sunday 15th December, Allianz Stadium Moore Park , W-League from 14:15, A-League from 17:00
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (W-League) followed by Sydney FC v Melbourne Heart (A-League)