SYDNEY FC V PERTH GLORY Sunday afternoon, Allianz Stadium
Who will be the first team to stop Sydney’s perfect run?
We almost saw it last week with Melbourne leading 1-0 for a good portion of the game before Sydney stormed back to take the win. Luck generally plays a part with any team’s fortunes and some may argue Sydney have ridden theirs already this season.
Despite that the Sky Blues are five from five to start the campaign and lead the race to the premiers plate by five points.
Standing in their way this week are the very dangerous Perth Glory who go into this after drawing at home to the Wanderers in Round 5.
One of the big disappointments for Sydney FC last season was their inability to make Allianz Stadium a fortress. They only won five times at home for the whole season but already have two wins in front of their own fans this season.
They have won three straight at the venue and a win here would make it the first time they have notched four-in-a-row at Moore Park in three years.
Perth coach Kenny Lowe will be back on the sidelines following his ban in Round 3 during the Melbourne City game. His influence on the side cannot be underestimated and the fact they have performed well on the road so far this season shows they will be a force to be reckoned with. They have already beaten premiership heavyweights Melbourne City on the road so Sydney FC have to be on their toes.
Sydney has won three of the last six games between the pair while Perth have taken out two of those. The only game that wasn’t won during this time was a 0-0 draw almost 12 months ago.
HOW IT PANS OUT
Sydney has the best attack and defence in the competition so naturally they will go into this as a popular pick.
Last week was the first time they conceded in five games so that goes to show you how much coach Graham Arnold has improved what was already a decent defence. Last season, they had the fourth best defence in the league but couldn’t score (1.3 goals per game) while finding the back of the net hasn’t been an issue so far this term with 13 already on the board.
Perth’s efforts on the road have been good with a win against Melbourne City but a defeat a fortnight ago against Brisbane.
Experiencing back-to-back games at home for the first time this season will really help Sydney FC so we are banking on them to keep up their cracking pace at the head of the league.
THE TIP: Sydney FC
TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: Go Overs as its been the case four of the previous six games they’ve played.
TO SCORE A GOAL: David Carney came off the bench to grab a double last week. He is in form and did score the last time they played Perth too.