Sydney FC have the chance to further strengthen their lead at the top of the Liberty A-League ladder. Ante Juric’s side face Perth Glory who sit in 5th place on the ladder with two wins and one loss. Here are four key points to look forward to in the contest.
- Potential Matildas Call ups?
This match will be the last game where Sydney FC will have players available before potential call-ups to the Matildas squad. Ante Juric could be without a couple of players for a number of weeks with Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson having been spotted at a number of Sydney FC’s games this season. Remy Siemsen has featured in squads recently and the striker is in red hot form so far. The Matildas kick off their Asian Cup campaign against Indonesia on 21st January in Mumbai.
- Familiar face on the sideline
Perth Glory’s coach is none other then former Sydney FC Academy coach Alex Epakis. Epakis began his coaching career with Sydney FC as the Under 13’s coach. He enters his second season with the Glory and has already recorded two wins in their first three matches. No doubt Epakis will be looking to get one over his former side.
- Venue change
Due to Covid-19 related issues with the broadcast production team, the match has been shifted to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah. The match will now kick off at 7.45pm and will be played after the Newcastle Jets face the Wellington Phoenix earlier in the afternoon.
- Will Nat Tobin play?
During Sydney FC’s win against the Phoenix in the last round, captain Nat Tobin left the field with a foot injury. Tobin is adamant the injury is not too serious however the centre back revealed earlier in the week that she has been in a moon boot for the past few days. Ante Juric may look to rest Tobin as the Sydney FC coach may lose a couple of players due to the Matildas participation in the Asian Cup later this month.