Match Preview – Melbourne City v Sydney FC

Sydney FC travel to familiar territory for an away Grand Final rematch with current league-leaders Melbourne City tomorrow night.

In high spirits off the back of Saturday’s dramatic and hard-fought derby win, the Sky Blues today fly down to Victoria ahead of tomorrow night’s clash at AAMI Park.

It’s a ground that brings back unfond memories after last season’s Grand Final loss to tomorrow’s opponents.

“It’s another Grand Final rematch – we played them earlier in the season, and we did a really, really good job against them and lost pretty much with the last kick of the game.

“It was disappointing, so we’re going down to Melbourne today full of confidence,” said Head Coach Steve Corica.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 26: Mathew Leckie of Melbourne City FC and Rhyan Grant of Sydney FC compete for the ball during the A-League Men’s match between Sydney FC and Melbourne City at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, on February 26, 2022, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Sydney FC defeated noisy neighbours Western Sydney Wanderers in Saturday’s Sydney Derby, with a Trent Buhagiar double and Adam Le Fondre setting up the 3-2 win.

Key figures of recent weeks Mustafa Amini and Luciano Narsingh started on the bench but came on in the second half and didn’t think to let the momentum slow up. It is this flexible rotation of top performers that Corica believes will aid the side in games like this and onwards.

“Obviously we’ve got good options, and when you’ve got quality like that coming off the bench you’ve got a good chance of winning games. We have good depth in the squad.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 02: Luciano Narsingh of Sydney FC leaves the field after warming up during the A-League Mens match between Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, on April 02, 2022, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Melbourne City enjoyed a far more straightforward result on Saturday when they took on Wellington Phoenix at Cronulla’s PointsBet Stadium, defeating the Kiwi side 6-0 with just six shots on target.

Former Sky Blue Marco Tilio bagged two and will no doubt be in the mood to take on his old club once more, accompanied by the likes of Jamie Maclaren, Florin Berenguer and Andrew Nabbout upfront.

The Sky Blues aren’t fearful or held back by previous results against City. The travelling side’s motivation looks solely at the need to pick up points in the Isuzu Ute A-League Men’s table immediately, in order to keep in contention for the 2022 Finals Series.

“The main thing at the moment is just picking up points, and if we can get maximum points while down there, that’s the aim.”

Sydney FC take on Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Wednesday night at 7:05pm. Watch live on Paramount+ and follow along on Sydney FC’s social media platforms for match updates.