Sydney FC vs Western United
Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
Broadcast: Watch the game live on Fox Sports 505, Kayo, or the MyFootball Live app.
Sydney FC: WDLLD
Western United: DLWWL
United is looking to bounce back following a 1-0 loss to Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday night.
Despite having almost double the number of shots, United couldn’t find a way through the Wanderers defence on a frustrating night in Ballarat.
Sydney FC is winless in four – a run of form that is unfamiliar to the reigning champions.
The Sky Blues have been boosted by the return of club legend Bobo in recent weeks. The Brazilian netted his first goal of the season on the weekend and will be a threat for the Green and Black come Wednesday night.
Last season saw each side record a win against each other.
Sydney FC showed their class in wintery Geelong conditions in Round 8, running out 2-0 winners at GMHBA Stadium.
United made it one win apiece in the penultimate round, overcoming the champions 2-1 at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney.
A first-half Besart Berisha goal was cancelled out by Sydney’s Adam Le Fondre just after the break.
With just a few minutes remaining in normal time, Steven Lustica sealed a memorable victory by scoring his first goal in green and black.
The midfielder finished from close range after youngster Dylan Pierias made a stunning run down the line to set up his teammate.
What the coach is saying
“We still respect them [Sydney FC] as the champions,” Mark Rudan said.
“They’re still playing good football; they’re still creating a lot of chances.
“It’s going to be a tough game, there’s no doubt about that. I think everybody can see that they are creating a lot of chances but they’re just not finishing them off.
“We have to make sure that we do our job defensively and ensure they don’t get in behind us.
“The players are really eager to play this game and make amends for what happened a couple of days ago.”
Stats of the week
- Each of the previous two meeting between these sides have been won by the away side on the day.
- Sydney FC have been kept scoreless in each of their last two A-League games in New South Wales.
- Alessandro Diamanti has played 123 passes into the box in his eight appearances this A-League season, the most of any player this campaign and more than twice as many as Sydney FC’s leader Joel King (47).