Sydney FC just keeps on keeping on, winning the FFA Cup Final against Adelaide on Tuesday night, adding to the premiership and championship titles it won last season. It makes for a cluttered week for Graham Arnold’s men, playing three games in the space of eight days. But you always feel better when you’re winning and the fact that all of those games have been at Allianz Stadium is an added bonus. Brisbane finally got its first win of the season last week, defeating Melbourne City at home, but City shot itself in the foot with several calamitous errors. And although the Roar will be a little more confident now with a ‘W’ on the board, taking on the champions away from home is an entirely different ball game.
3 KEY POINTS
- SYDNEY won the FFA Cup on Tuesday night, making it three titles in six months for the Sky Blues.
- BRISBANE won its first game of the season last week, but it has only kept one clean sheet so far.
- SYDNEY is once again sitting atop the A-League ladder after winning last week’s top-of-the-table clash against Newcastle.
- There were only four goals scored in total in three games played between these two teams last season.
- Overall, Brisbane comfortably leads the head-to-head in this fixture, but in 19 games in Sydney, the Sky Blues have won seven as compared to the Roar’s four.
- The last time these two teams played, it was a 0-0 draw on February 3 at Suncorp Stadium.
- Sydney hasn’t been in the best form to start the season but, as good sides do, continues to win – except for that blip against Central Coast. Big tests against Newcastle last week and then the FFA Cup Final against Adelaide were passed with flying colours and, if the Sky Blues were in a bit of a funk, maybe now they’ll snap out of it.
- Games between these two sides have been pretty tight, historically. And Sydney would be forgiven for starting slowly on the back of the euphoria of its FFA Cup victory. The hosts should win, but it may come late.
- Find a bit of value in this market for this game as, with some tired legs, Sydney may have to find some different avenues to goal. Brillante scored a cracker against Brisbane last year, so maybe he can repeat the dose.
TOTAL GOALS OVER OR UNDER
- If history is any guide – as it often is in the A-League – then this could be a good bet.