Will They CHOKE…
With Sydney FC going the entire season with only one lose, will this be their second when they take to Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Sunday May 7 from 5pm AEST.
SYDNEY FC host Melbourne Victory in the 12th A-League grand final. We should see a turn out with ground staff working around the clock to get the Stadium just right!
How The Teams Will Line Up
Sydney FC predicted starting XI: Danny Vukovic; Rhyan Grant, Alex Wilkinson, Jordy Buijs, Michael Zullo; Brandon O’Neill, Joshua Brillante, Filip Holosko, Alex Brosque, Milos Ninkovic; Bobo.
Injury concerns: Winger Bernie Ibini is awaiting a scan after injuring his hamstring in the 3-0 semi final win over Perth Glory. He came on after 67 minutes but hobbled off the pitch in injury-time.
Melbourne Victory predicted starting XI: Lawrence Thomas; Jason Geria, James Donachie, Alan Baro, Daniel Georgievski; Carl Valeri, Leigh Broxham, Marco Rojas, James Troisi, Fahid Ben Khalfallah; Besart Berisha.
Injury concerns: N/A
Key Stats To Follow
Played 41 – Sydney 11 wins, Victory 13 wins, drawn 17
REGULAR SEASON RECORD 2016-17
Sydney: 20 wins 6 draws 1 loss (goals for: 55, goals against 12)
Victory: 15 wins 4 draws 8 losses (goals for: 49, goals against: 31)
PAST FIVE MEETINGS
03/03/17: Sydney 1-0 Victory
26/01/17: Victory 1-2 Sydney
05/11/16: Sydney 2-1 Victory
27/02/16: Victory 1-1 Sydney
26/01/16: Victory 1-0 Sydney
WHAT THEY SAID
Graham Arnold on the grand final: “Nothing changes. The field doesn’t change size, the goalposts don’t and the opposition doesn’t.
“So for me it’s important preparation is spot on.
“We’ve got a good turnaround of eight days so we’ll work hard during the week, recover well and be ready.”
Kevin Muscat on the grand final: “When you’re holding the brush you can paint whatever picture you like.”
“Once we get there on Sunday and kick-off comes, the actions that are going to occur in that 90 minutes or the 120 minutes, that will determine the result.
“Not what happened this week or what happened (in the grand final) two years ago.
“When we get to those stages, as we’ve seen tonight [against Roar], we perform.”
“The most important thing. We’re going to beat them … there was nothing in the three games.”
“In fact, there were decisions in the games that compounded things and impacted the results.
“After a performance like that … we go to Sydney with all the confidence in the world.”
” Thank You To The Fox Sports Report”
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory – Regular Time
$1.80 Sydney FC
$4.25 Melbourne Victory
To lift the Cup
$1.36 Sydney FC
$3.20 Melbourne Victory
ALL PRICES THANKS TO WILLIAM HILL
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