Are the Sky Blues ready to take one giant step towards a historic double?
Sydney FC has already taken out the Premier’s Plate in emphatic fashion and have set a new regular season best (66 points) but the Grand Final is the one they really want.
Fresh from having the week off, Sydney FC go into this having won their final game of the season 2-nil over Newcastle while Perth scored an upset 2-0 win over Melbourne City at AAMI Park.
Sydney FC lost just the one league match all season.
That was to their derby rivals Western Sydney at ANZ Stadium to the tune of 1-0. Since that defeat back in mid-February, Sydney FC has been relentless with six wins from seven matches (and a draw) while five clean sheets have been kept during that span.
Remarkably the Sky Blues leaked just 12 goals in 27 games this season at a freakish average of just 0.44.
If it is even possible, their stats solely based at home were more impressive than that. In 13 matches they conceded just four goals and scored 25 in winning 10 and drawing three others.
Last season, Graham Arnold’s side were disappointing at home but this time around Allianz Stadium has turned into a graveyard for any opposition team that has traveled to Moore Park.
Are Perth starting to enjoy their travels on the road?
They totally dominated City at AAMI Park last week and it’s as if you were watching them play at nib Stadium back home. Perth has really struggled on the road this season with just two regular season wins and last week’s victory.
Of the four teams left they won the fewest games away from home.
Their high-powered offence also scored nine goals less in away fixtures than they did at home and if they are any chance of taking out Sydney FC, they need to be finding the target with their shots.
Sydney has destroyed Perth in their past five games.
In all three clashes this season, the Sky Blues were ruthless in winning by a combined score of 11-2 while they also handled them in a round of the FFA Cup.
Bobo has been on the score sheet in all three wins for Sydney in the league this season and is paying $4.20 @ Sportsbet to be First Goalscorer here.
Funnily enough the margin between the sides is probably a little exaggerated as Perth have often begun well against Sydney but haven’t been able to penetrate their concrete wall at the back. As a result, Sydney has usually struck the first blow and dented the confidence of Perth thereafter.
If Perth begins well enough here and can take their chances, as they did against City, then they are a big hope to cause the upset.
We cannot tip against Sydney FC.
They are short and will be a very popular addition to thousands of Multis heading into the weekend and rightfully so. Sydney has been head and shoulders the best team in the league all season.
How is Perth going to stop the best attack and best defence in the competition?
In the attacking stakes Perth were the second highest scoring team in the league with 53 goals and only Sydney (55) were better in that department, however, it was their defence that let them down throughout the regular season.
Everyone knows you can’t win games 3-2, 4-3, 5-4 on a weekly basis and although entertaining that style of football just isn’t sustainable if you want to win trophies.
Perth does get some reprieve here with Sydney’s gun playmaker Milos Ninkovic battling an ankle injury but with the week off he should be primed and ready to play. Whether he is a 100 percent or not only time will tell.
Despite that, Sydney represents dangers from all over the park with the bulk of the goal scoring being shared around by Bobo (15), Alex Brosque (11), Ninkovic (9) and Filip Holosko (7).
If you are looking at the exotic markets then consider Total Goals Over 3.5 @ $2.13 with Sportsbet as the average between the sides this season has been four goals. In the Correct Score market, have a lazy few dollars on the Sydney 4-1 result @ $17 – their first two clashes this season ended just like that.
SYDNEY 4-1 CORRECT SCORE