The only thing that might stop Sydney FC from winning the Australia A-League championship is the coronavirus. They’re looking strong once again in 2019-20, as they seek a repeat as the soccer champs of Australia. Sydney FC downed the Perth Glory for the title in 2019, and are currently on track for another championship. If they pull it off, Sydney will be atop the A-League for the third time in four seasons. Since the league opened in 2005, Sydney are four-time champions.
Between Sydney and the Melbourne Victory, they’ve dominated the A-League with four championships apiece. With the Melbourne Victory struggling to keep pace at 5-5-11, the path is clear for Sydney to get their fifth championship. Melbourne City FC and the Wellington Phoenix may present a solid challenge for Sydney down the stretch, though. Wellington are in quarantine at the moment, so their year is on pause after returning from New Zealand.
Sydney continues to play and will be at Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta, New South Wales to challenge the Western Sydney Wanderers. Western Sydney are fortunate that they get to host Sydney FC on Saturday, though it will be in front of an empty stadium. There would have been plenty of Sydney FC supporters in attendance, so it may not be that bad with no fans in the seats. It’d be easy to lose focus with everything going on, but Sydney FC must avoid taking their attention off Western Sydney in this match.
Sydney are going into this weekend with a record of 15-2-2 with 47 points. They have a comfortable lead of ten points over Melbourne City FC. That might be the most dangerous aspect of this match for Sydney. Are they going to look at the ladder and conclude that they can take the day off against Western Sydney? If that happens, then Western Sydney may be able to get the tie or even an upset, which they’ve done this season twice already.
Having said that, if Sydney shows up to play their game in this contest, there shouldn’t be problems getting a win. The Wanderers head into the match with a record of 7-4-9 and 8th in the ladder. They’re only better than Newcastle, Melbourne (Victory), and Central Coast. With Adelaide falling fast, and 6th place within reach, Western Sydney must take advantage down the stretch to get into the playoffs. They have a daunting task against the class of the Australia A-League on Saturday, though. Head below for our free Sydney FC vs. Western Sydney pick in the Australia A-League.
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With the lead that Sydney FC have going into this fixture in Round 24, motivation is going to be the main question mark regarding them here. That said, Western Sydney is an opponent that they do not like. If they have the chance to lay it on against a rival, Sydney FC will likely pour it on against Western Sydney. Western Sydney has been the little brother to Sydney in the A-League, and they might want to remind them of that in front of an empty crowd at Bankwest Stadium. Western Sydney have brought their best against Sydney this season. They are winners against Sydney in both meetings by scores of 1-0. That could be the motivation that Sydney needs to play well against their rival on Saturday.
Sydney sports a terrific record of 15-2-2. The only team to crack them has been Western Sydney. Despite playing behind this season, Western Sydney has been motivated to show up and battle against a team who are certainly better on paper and in the ladder. If Western Sydney can sweep the season series against Sydney then consider that a nice win in an otherwise poor season for the Wanderers. Following a 1-0 win against Sydney on February 28, Western Sydney had nothing in the tank against Brisbane and they fell by a score of 3-1. Too much celebrating and not enough focus on Brisbane there. They were able to respond to tie Melbourne City at 1-1 on March 14.
There isn’t much turnaround from their latest meeting. Western Sydney and Sydney played on February 28, so the animosity between the two clubs is still fresh on their minds. The statline for Sydney on the season has been terrific, with 2.16 goals scored per game and 0.79 goals conceded. When they travel for a match on the road, they tend to get better offensively as well. Note that Sydney has netted 2.44 goals per match on the road as opposed to 1.9 goals at home. The defence has been slightly sharper, but nothing that significant. They’ve yielded 0.89 goals a match on the road. Western Sydney come to play against Sydney, though it’s unlikely that their rivals will take them lightly again. Look for a focused effort by Sydney to get the win in Round 24 on Saturday.