Four Key Points: Sydney FC v Macarthur FC

  • Redemption required

A Sydney derby on Boxing Day? Yes please! What a match this will be, ladder leaders Macarthur FC managed to get a 1-0, snatch and grab a win against Sydney FC in Round 2 this season. Sydney FC managed to gain revenge in the Round of 16 FFA Cup clash. This rivalry is heating up and each clash is producing talking points. Since Macarthur’s win over Sydney FC, they have recorded narrow wins over the Mariners, Wanderers, and Jets. If League history is anything to go by in this fixture it’s that the team that is playing away from home who comes up with the win so it’s a good omen for Sydney FC.

  • Rejuvenated Sydney FC

With the unfortunate last-minute postponement of Sydney FC’s FFA Cup match, Steve Corica and his side have had a chance to spend more time on the training field and eradicate any little niggles that his side may have been carrying on from last weekend’s match against the Phoenix. It’s well known that Sydney FC has had a disrupted start to the season with injuries so the seven-day turnaround will come as much-needed reprieve.

  • Selection headache

Sydney FC coach Steve Corica has been boosted by the return of several key players from injury. The likes of James Donachie, Bobô have recently returned and a full week of training will only help them in their bid to return to full fitness. Kosta Barbarourses and Connor O’Toole are believed to be not too far away from a return while Patrick Yazbek’s performance in the win over the Phoenix will add more headaches to the coaching staff.

  • Boxing Day clash

Sydney FC loves the festive period. What better way to kick back and watch some football in the evening with some nice weather. Traditionally, Sydney FC has fared well over this period so they will be looking to do the same and further surge up the ladder. Some memorable clashes around this time include the 2-1 win over Melbourne City in 2019-2020 thanks to a late strike from Kosta Barbarouses. In the season before, Sydney FC defeated Brisbane Roar 2-1 thanks to a brace from Adam Le Fondre. Strap yourselves in for another memorable clash.