SYD FC v MCY Betting Preview | A-League Tips

It's a rematch of the FFA Cup Final to kick things off in Round 9 of the A-league.

Wed, 7 Dec, 12:00 AM


It's a rematch of the FFA Cup Final to kick things off in Round 9 of the A-league.

The blockbuster match-up sees Sydney FC aiming to get some sort of revenge against Tim Cahill and Melbourne City, who beat them 1-0 at AAMI Park almost a fortnight ago to win their first piece of silverware.

Sydney FC bounced back strongly from that loss with a 2-0 result over Newcastle while City had somewhat of a letdown with a 1-1 draw against Brisbane.

Sydney have kept a clean sheet in six of their nine A-league fixtures so far this season. Leaking just three goals during that span, they are conceding a measly 0.33 goals per game.

While that indicates at the City attackers will be in for a tough night, it has to be remembered that they did put one past Danny Vukovic to win the FFA Cup Final thanks to Cahill.

City actually have the wood on their rivals going into this clash.

They have won the last two fixtures between the sides and in the process have kept Sydney FC scoreless on both occasions.

Melbourne City has scored in six consecutive games against Sydney which shows that their defence could be tested once again thanks to Bruno Fornaroli, Cahill, Fernando Brandan and Luke Brattan.

Fornaroli, joint topscorer in the competition with seven goals, knows how to put them past Sydney FC as he notched a hat-trick the last time the teams met in the A-league in a 3-0 romp for City.

You would expect the Sky Blues to adopt different tactics to the ones that backfired during the FFA Cup Final. Blessed with a stack of creative players, coach Graham Arnold could unleash his players at ANZ on Friday night.

A lot will depend on how Milos Ninkovic, arguably one of the best players in the opening two months, finds his feet while Alex Brosque and Filip Holosko are also key outlets for home side.

City have had seven individual scorers this season but are heavily reliant on Fornaroli, who leads the team with seven of the 15 goals scored. The next best are Cahill and Brandan with two each.

With the game being played at ANZ Stadium the balance of power shifts to Sydney FC. They have played just once there this season but smashed the Wanderers in the Derby 4-0 in Round 1.

THE TIP: Sydney FC - we are tipping them to record their first win in six matches against City (2 D, 4 L).


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