Sunday Territorian

Sky Blues facing big Reds test


THE time has come for Sydney FC to truly show they’re ready to create more history as the A-League’s record setters.

Because a loss to Adelaide today would make it difficult in their race to win another Premiers Plate.

Today’s clash is massive for both Sydney and Adelaide. It’s the game of the round and a showdown between the hottest team in the league, and the two-time defending premiers.

Sydney are looking to catch up with the ladder-leaders and, while they should’ve beaten Melbourne City last week, the problem for Sydney is in front of goal.

In their past five games they’ve scored six goals – and three of them came in a win against the lowly Melbourne Victory. That’s basically an average of a goal a game, and that’s not good enough.

Creating chances isn’t a problem for Sydney, but converting them into goals certainly is. It’s been very unlike Sydney. But they need someone in that team to go on a run similar to what Jamie Maclaren does for Melbourne City.

And we’re not talking about half-chances here. They’re ‘oh my god he’s going to score’ then ‘how the hell did he miss that?’ chances.

They need to fix that up quick smart, because they come up against a side that is absolutely flying at the moment.

Adelaide have won seven of their past nine games – including against Sydney last month – they’re the hottest team in the league and boast the inform player in the country, in Craig Goodwin. His signing has turned Adelaide’s season around.

Just to add a bit of extra spice to the game there’s exWanderer Tomi Juric up front, too.

If they can knock of Sydney twice in a month, they stamp themselves as genuine premiershi­p contenders.

They’re full of confidence at the moment.

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