Sydney FC v Adelaide United: match preview
Adelaide United will be determined to end their recent slump in form against a heavily fancied Sydney FC outfit on Saturday night.
The Reds went into their bye in Round 10 having won five of their last six fixtures, but consecutive losses to Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney Wanderers have seen them fall to fifth place on the Hyundai A-League table.
Sydney FC meanwhile are unbeaten in their last eight games, winning seven of them, and have built a nine-point gap between themselves and Melbourne City on top of the table in the process.
The Sky Blues enjoyed an entertaining 3-2 win over the Reds in Round 1 at Coopers Stadium.
Adelaide came from behind twice in that contest but a late goal to Ryan McGowan settled the result in Sydney's favour.
Saturday, 4 January 2020
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Sydney FC squad: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 2.Patrick FLOTTMANN, 4.Alex WILKINSON (c), 5.Alex BAUMJOHANN, 6.Ryan McGOWAN, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8.Paulo RETRE, 9.Adam LE FONDRE, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 16.Joel KING, 17.Anthony CACERES, 18.Luke IVANOVIC, 21.Harry VAN DER SAAG, 24.Marco TILIO, 25.Ryan TEAGUE, 26.Luke BRATTAN, 27.Jordi SWIBEL, 28.Calem NIEUWENHOF, 30.Adam PAVLESIC (gk). **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 7.Michael ZULLO (return from injury), 24.Marco TILIO (promoted), 27.Jordi SWIBEL (promoted), 28.Calem NIEUWENHOF (promoted), 30.Adam PAVLESIC (gk) (promoted).
Outs: 12.Trent BUHAGIAR (international duty), 20.Tom HEWARD-BELLE (knee), 23.Rhyan GRANT (suspension)
Unavailable: 3.Ben WARLAND (ACL), 13.Brandon O’NEILL (knee), 19.Chris ZUVELA (knee)
Adelaide United squad: 2.Michael MARRONE, 4.Ryan STRAIN, 5.Michaël MARIA, 6.Vince LIA, 7.Ryan KITTO, 8.Riley McGREE, 10.James TROISI, 11.Kristian OPSETH, 14.George BLACKWOOD, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ, 18.Lachlan BROOK, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN (c), 23.Jordan ELSEY, 26.Ben HALLORAN, 27.Louis D’ARRIGO, 30.Isaac RICHARDS (gk), 40.Dakota OCHSENHAM (gk) **1-3 to be omitted**
Ins: 8.Riley McGREE (returns from injury), 11.Kristian OPSETH (returns from injury), 40.Dakota OCHSENHAM (promoted)
Unavailable: 1.Daniel MARGUŠ (international duty), 29.Kusini YENGI (knee), 31.Mirko BOLAND (knee), 35.Al Hassan TOURE (international duty), 36.Noah SMITH (foot)
Did you know?
- Sydney FC are undefeated in their last 10 A-League matches against Adelaide United (W7, D3), they haven’t tasted defeat against them since a 2-0 loss in April 2016.
- Sydney FC have won five of their last seven A-League home matches against Adelaide United (D1, L1), keeping a clean sheet in four of the last five matches of that span.
- Adelaide United have an even record from their first 10 matches in the 2019/20 A-League campaign (W5, L5), scoring at least one goal in each match of that span and keeping just one clean sheet (v Brisbane Roar, 10 November 2019).
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