Sydney FC take on the Macarthur Bulls in the FFA Cup on Wednesday night and there’s plenty of topics to discuss leading into the match.
- Bulls redemption
Sydney FC opened their home campaign recently against the Bulls and were shocked after a 1-0 defeat by the Macarthur Bulls. Sydney FC dominated the match with almost 65% possession and were stunned in the 17th minute after a strike to Macarthur Bulls player Lachlan Rose against the run of play. The match added yet another chapter to the already fiercely growing rivalry between the two Sydney sides. No doubt Wednesday’s match will bring fireworks once more.
- First chance of silverware this season
It’s starting to enter the business end of the competition and if Sydney FC can grab a win against the Bulls it will put them within a great chance of clinching silverware. Sunday night’s quarter final draw pitted Sydney FC or Macarthur Bulls FC with a home match against Brisbane Roar with a semi-final spot looming. Plenty of incentive for Steve Corica’s side to look forward to.
- Knocking off the league leaders
Macarthur Bulls have had a strong start to the season under head coach Ante Milicic. The Bulls have had a complete roster overhaul and have so far started the A-League season with two wins and a draw. Sydney FC have a huge chance to make a big statement and no doubt Corica’s troops will be desperate to put things right after the result at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium less than two weeks ago.
- Potential team changes with heavy fixture schedule looming
The FFA Cup presents the chance for teams to blood youngsters who may be on the fringe of the first team. Sydney FC could potentially play six games in the next three weeks so Steve Corica will no doubt have rotation on his mind. James Donachie was an unused substitute during Sydney’s 2-2 draw with the Newcastle Jets on Saturday night while Kosta Barbarouses could make his first start of the season after he narrowly missed out on the weekend. Patrick Wood has looked dangerous since coming on as a substitute and was amongst the goals when Sydney FC defeated Sydney Olympic in the round of 32.