Can the red-hot Sydney FC machine keep the momentum going when they travel to New Zealand on Sunday?
Sat, 22 Oct, 12:00 AM
WELLINGTON V SYDNEY FC Sunday afternoon, Westpac Stadium
Can the red-hot Sydney FC machine keep the momentum going when they travel to New Zealand on Sunday?<p></p>
The Sky Blues have racked up an impressive eight goals in the opening two fixtures which is a new A-league record.<p></p>
On the flip side, Wellington are yet to put one in the back of the net in their two games but will be in their best position yet to secure some much needed points.<p></p>
There’s no doubt that Graham Arnold’s side have burst out of the blocks.<p></p>
Registering twin 4-0 triumphs over Western Sydney and Central Coast, it’s not only the attack and style of football that has impressed fans.
They have registered five straight wins in all competitions and the most impressive thing about it as that they have kept five clean sheets.<p></p>
Wellington hasn’t had the ideal start to the season and part of that was due to factors outside their control. The international round saw four of their players absent from Week 1 while last week they got those players back but then headed to Perth.<p></p>
This week they should be far better prepared but the concerning things for their fans is that they are the only team in the league not to score yet.<p></p>
One of the more interesting stats to come out of this fixture is the fact the away side has not lost in their last six games (4 Wins, 2 Draws). That should give Sydney plenty of confidence, however, their away form last season was poor with just three wins outside of Allianz Stadium.<p></p>
<b>HOW IT PANS OUT</b><br/>
Sydney’s brilliant attack will come out all guns blazing in the hope of putting the home side on the back foot.<p></p>
Interestingly for them is that they rank the lowest in the entire league for possession in the opening two games (41%). This proves that when they have chances, they make the most of them.<p></p>
Bobo, Josh Brilliante and Brandon O’neill have been great for Arnold’s men so far this season while Holosko is the competition’s leading scorer with three at this stage.<p></p>
Coach Ernie Merrick will need to change things up with his side who didn’t use the speedy Kosta Barbarouses to full effect last week. If they are any chance of troubling the Sky Blues, then their marquee man needs to get involved.<p></p>
<b>TIP:</b> Sydney FC – back them to break their three-game winless streak against the Nix<p></p>
<b>TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5</b> – Go the Overs. Sydney should be good for a goal or two while Wellington can’t remain scoreless forever.