Sydney FC made it two wins in its last two games after beating Perth Glory mid-week and will be looking to make it three from three in a tough match against Melbourne City.
Sydney played well against Perth Glory, nullifying their depleted attacking lineup and restricting them to a combined expected goals (xG) of just 0.42 before the game was called slightly short due to lightning and thunder.
Referee Alex King called full-time in the 89th minute, setting Perth Glory manager Richard Garcia off in the following press conference.
Meanwhile, Sydney themselves would have been disappointed not to find the net further, with their xG of 3.19 not reflecting on the scoreline.
Sydney and Melbourne City promise to be an interesting, attacking affair. The two sides lead the league for the majority of the league’s attacking statistics.
Melbourne City has scored the most goals this season, and while Sydney has only scored the eighth most (ten less than their Victorian opponents) they have an xG of 34.5 this season.
The Sky Blues have also had the second-most shots on target per match and created the second most big chances in this campaign, with Melbourne City leading the way for both of those attacking metrics.
Sydney FC played Melbourne City in last seasons grand final, with the NSW side taking the A-League title thanks to a lone goal from Socceroos fullback Rhyan Grant.
“We’ve got a pretty good defensive record this season. The goals have sort of let us down at times but we do create a lot of chances,” Grant said.
“I think if we can create those chances we’ll go a long way to making sure we can get the three points. In saying that, we know City are a very attacking team.
“They’ve got a lot of threat, especially in the front third, so we’ll definitely look to nullify that in different ways – we’re doing a video now and then training, so Bimbi (Steve Corica) will put us in our place, tell us what we need to do and what we can improve and hopefully we can come out tomorrow and put in that performance and do everything right to get those three points.”
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This will be Sydney’s third game in the span of just six days, with Sydney winning their last two games against Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory 3-0 and 1-0 respectively.
“I’ve pulled up quite well. I enjoy the quick turnarounds, for some reason, it seems to suit me,” Grant said.
“I love a quick turnaround and hope I’m part of Saturday’s setup. We’re just about to start training, so Bimbi (Corica) will have more to say and take us through a few videos leading into that.
“Hopefully I start, I’d be surprised if I didn’t, but in saying that we’ve got some great depth and have plenty of boys who can come in and fill that role.
“Hopefully, I’m a part of it and hopefully whoever plays, we put on a good performance.”
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