ACL Preview: Sky Blues Face Oscar And Hulk In Sydney


It is crunch time in 2019 AFC Champions League for Hyundai A-League clubs Sydney FC.

The Sky Blues must topple Chinese Super League giants to get their continental campaigns back on track.

We take a look at the challenge that awaits on Wednesday night, in what is looming as a decisive moment in the season.

Can Sky Blues kick on from the #BigBlue against Shanghai stars?

Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar and ex-Porto thunderbolt-specialist Hulk headline the star-studded Shanghai SIPG side Sydney FC must tackle to keep their Group H tilt alive in Wednesday’s 7.30pm AEST kick off.

The Sky Blues commenced their Asian campaign with a 0-0 draw against Ulsan Hyundai on matchday one (March 6) before going down 1-0 to Kawasaki Frontale (March 13).

Head Coach Steve Corica’s side will need all the firepower of strikers Adam Le Fondre and Reza Ghoochannejhad, as well as the artistry of #BigBlue match-winner Milos Ninkovic, if the Sky Blues are to stage an upset.

Shanghai SIPG sit second in the Group H table having opened their account with a 1-0 win over Kawasaki and lost to Ulsan Hyundai by the same scoreline in matchday two.

Vitor Pereira’s side have scored more Chinese Super League goals (11 in four matches) than anyone else, and with the power of Hulk, Oscar’s guile and the cutting edge of fellow Brazilian Elkeson, the Sky Blues must contain their visitors’ impressive attacking arsenal in order to get their campaign back on track.

How it stands – Group H


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