Sydney to make amends against hapless Brisbane.
It’s rare not to be talking about Sydney off the back of another swashbuckling victory, yet that is exactly what we’re doing after the Sky Blues were held to an entertaining 2-2 draw by Newcastle last Wednesday. While that result might have caused some second thoughts in regards to Grand Final betting markets, there is nothing to suggest this won’t be another Sydney procession, as Brisbane continues to stutter.
There have been signs of progression from the men in orange of late, but too often a good display is followed up by a shocker, as was the case on Friday night for the Roar in their 2-nil loss to Western Sydney at home. John Aloisi’s men are also up against it here given that they have just a three-day turnaround between games whereas Sydney has had a five-day break.
- SYDNEY’S draw with Newcastle last week broke an eight-game winning streak in all competitions
- BRISBANE has one of the worst home records in the competition, having won only two games at Suncorp Stadium this season
- We’re at the halfway point of the season and, after 14 games, SYDNEY has one more point (35) than it did after 14 games of last season’s record-breaking campaign (34).
SYDNEY TOPS, BUT AWAY IS A DIFFERENT STORY
- Sydney is on a four-game undefeated run against Brisbane.
- These teams have met once already this season, with Sydney winning 3-1 at Allianz Stadium in Round 8.
- In 19 games at Suncorp Stadium between these sides, Brisbane has won 11 and Sydney only three.
- There is a definite gulf in class between these sides – the 22-point gap between them on the ladder alone tells you that. The extra short turnaround for Brisbane only exacerbates its problems going into this one.
SYDNEY / SYDNEY
- After a rare non-win in its last outing, expect Sydney to be on the front foot from the first whistle on Monday night
- Has been the creator of so many goals of late, but then scored a wonder goal against Newcastle last week. Can he do it again?
- Always appealing to go the overs in Sydney games at the moment given how easily they are finding scoring.