Despite sitting third on the Hyundai A-League ladder with a record of 6-2-4 (20 points), John van ‘t Schip‘s Melbourne City were humbled in grand fashion by the score of 3-1 to Brisbane Roar away last weekend. On Saturday, January 2 at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, City host Graham Arnold‘s Sydney FC, who scored a technical knockout over Central Coast Mariners 4-1 at Allianz Stadium on Boxing Day.
“It’s hard sometimes playing against 10 men but the boys played exceptionally well,” said Arnold of last weekend’s outing against Central Coast. “We gave away a soft goal at 3-1 but overall we were there, we were much better.
“We had quite a young team out there tonight, when it went down to 10 men they probably got a little bit too excited and dribbled with the ball too much but that’s what kids do and they’ll learn from it.
“Having all those youngsters on the field tonight was something new for Sydney FC and those kids will get better and better as the season goes on.
“This time last year we lost 3-0 to Adelaide so we’re actually three points better off than where we were last year. We’re actually closer to top position than what we were last year and we’re happy with the position we’re in. We’re playing better and better and tonight could have been a cricket score.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 a.m. PT/3:30 a.m. ET/7:30 p.m. AEDT. Here’s our bold predictions for Melbourne City vs. Sydney FC.
- Under 40 fouls will be whistled.
- Under five cards will be issued.
- Vedran Janjetovic will have under five saves.
- Thomas Sorenson will have under four saves.
- No goals will be scored in the first five minutes.
- A penalty will be called.
- Alex Brosque will score a brace for Sydney FC.
- Mickael Tavares will score for Sydney FC.
- Bruno Fornaroli will score for Melbourne City.
- Under 10,000 will be in attendance.
Sydney FC will be starting the new year in winning form, crushing Melbourne City in a romp on the road. The wheels are falling off at the wrong time for Melbourne City, and that just might give time for Melbourne Victory to claw back…or will they?
Sydney FC 3, Melbourne City 1