Match Preview: Sydney FC v Melbourne City

Sydney FC return to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Saturday night for a Grand Final rematch in what is expected to produce fireworks.

The long and highly anticipated Grand Final rematch is finally upon us. Sydney FC will be out for revenge after Melbourne City denied them an illustrious three-peat with victory in the Grand Final last season.

For Sydney FC, they are coming off the back of a disappointing mid-week loss to Western United at AAMI Park. Steve Corica’s side controlled the game for most of the contest and a second-half goal from Steven Lustica against the run of play sealed the three points for the home side.

Melbourne City claimed a mid-week 3-2 win over the Central Coast Mariners in a game which was marred by controversy after the Mariners were denied the chance to level the game late on in what appeared to be a clear penalty. City boast a team full of attacking talent with Sydney FC academy graduate Marco Tillio alongside Matthew Leckie, Jamie Maclaren and Andrew Nabbout.

Team news: Sydney will look to hand new signing Luciano Narsingh his debut with the Netherlands international reportedly in line to feature. Kosta Barbarouses featured off the bench again and is edging closer towards full fitness. Alex Wilkinson will look to start the match after coming on as a substitute against Western United. Anthony Caceres limped off in Wednesday clash but coach Steve Corica revealed it is only a cork.

For Melbourne City they have no fresh injury concerns. The Melbourne side will be boosted by the return of Connor Metcalfe who missed their mid-week match against the Mariners due to suspension.

What Steve Corica said: “It’s a short turnaround which is good. We want to get back on the park and turn it around. They have a strong front four and a lot of pace. We’ll have a look at them and do our homework but they are another good team who are playing well and winning games but it’s a chance for us to get back out there and get a win.”

Match details and key timings: Saturday’s match kicks off at7.45pm, box office opens at 6.30pm and gates open at 6.45pm.

How to watch: Saturday’s match will be shown live and free to air on Channel 10 and will also be available to stream live on Paramount+ with a subscription.