Brisbane has suddenly rediscovered winning form and go into this off a 2-1 win over the Wanderers last week.
For Sydney FC, they passed their hardest test to date with flying colours when they beat the Victory in Melbourne 2-1, stretching their unbeaten start to the season to 17 games.
Brisbane will want to forget the last time they played Sydney FC. On that occasion at Allianz Stadium, the Roar went down 2-0 which ended their 10-game point streak.
That loss set off a sequence of three straight losses with Victory and Newcastle also getting the better of them.
John Aloisi’s side appeared to have turned things around since then with wins in Wellington and then last week against the Wanderers, while they beat Global FC in an Asian Champions League Qualifier on Tuesday night.
NO MOUNTAIN TOO HIGH
Is there anything that can stop Sydney FC?
Last week’s showdown against Melbourne Victory was billed as a potential Grand Final preview and it didn’t disappoint.
Trailing 1-0 they found a way back into the match and eventually struck the winner through Bernie Ibini to win 2-1. It was the second straight time that they’d come from behind to beat Melbourne.
The Sky Blues continue to not only lead the league (by 11 points) but also in attack (2.24gpg) and defence (0.47gpg).
HOW IT PANS OUT
Playing at home definitely puts the ball in the Roar’s court.
Having held Sydney to a 1-1 draw earlier this season at Suncorp, Brisbane will fancy their chances of at least getting a point.
Their record at the venue is fantastic with just two losses in the past 22 games, however, one of those losses came to the Jets just a few weeks ago.
Playing away definitely won’t worry the Sky Blues who have picked up a whopping 25 of 27 points on the road this season!
How could you not back Sydney FC?
They are on a historic run and are yet to a lose a game in the league this season. Travelling, usually one of the main obstacles a team faces, doesn’t worry them and they’ve already beaten Brisbane this season.
Sydney will be boosted by the return of key defender Rhyan Grant from suspension, which makes it more difficult for Brisbane’s attack (1.01gpg) which is ranked sixth in the league.
While Brisbane has been on a winning run the big question will be how they back up from Tuesday’s fixture against Global FC. Even though it was a revamped line-up it still would’ve taken its toll and how they handle the quick back-up is a big query.
THE TIP: SYDNEY FC
TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: UNDERS
1st GOALSCORER: ALEX BROSQUE