The A-League’s weekend of top six showdowns continues with Sydney FC and Adelaide United meeting at Allianz stadium this evening. The Sky Blues will look to kick off a run of 6 home games from their remaining ten fixtures with a win over the team directly below them on the ladder.
Sydney’s rollercoaster season was summed up by back to back games in Melbourne. On Australia Day against Melbourne Victory they looked fantastic, with Alessandro Del Piero pulling the strings the whole team looked sharp and full of movement in a stunning 5-0 win. Just five days later they reverted back to the slow paced, one dimensional football that has bogged them down in mid-table as they lost to ten-man Melbourne Heart.
Socceroo’s defender Sasa Ognenovski has joined the Sky Blues until the end of the season. Some critics will point to this move as another older player joining an already ageing squad, but it could be that Ognenovski turns out to be a good partner to the more mobile Petkovic. Ognenovski could be put straight into the starting line up against his former club.
Adelaide have more possession than any other club in the A-League and coach Josep Gombau will be encouraged by the way Brisbane tore the Sky Blues apart earlier in the season with a quick passing game. After a poor start the Reds had been on a run of six games without a loss when they went down to Wellington last weekend, and will provide a stiff test of Sydney’s hopes of staying in the top six.
Saturday 8th February, Allianz Stadium Moore Park 19:30
Sydney FC v Adelaide United