Graham Arnold‘s Sydney FC were unfortunate to get stiffed in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Melbourne City last weekend, but this Saturday, Jan. 9 at Stadium Australia (a.k.a. ANZ Stadium) in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, the Sky Blues are ready to bounce back against Scott Miller‘s Newcastle Jets, who were scalped by the defending league champions Melbourne Victory 1-0 at home. Sydney are 5-6-2 (21 points, 4th) while Newcastle are 3-4-6 (13 points, 8th). For the Sky Blues, some changes to the personnel may be in order.
“I’d just say the phones have been working hot,” Arnold said. “Whether it’s rebuilding, restarting or strengthening, some players that maybe not getting game time here and maybe want to move on, it’s also about bringing players in to strengthen the team for the second half of the season.
“I’m looking forward to the transfer window and we’ll see what eventuates. I have to look at the first half of the season where we haven’t done well and that’s where I’ll see with my network of agents and contacts we have, what’s available and what we can do,” he continued.
“We’ve got more than enough Australian players here and the full quota of foreign players but we can explore the guest player option as well. I’m not saying that we will [buy] but we can explore the options.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 10:15 p.m. PT (Friday)/1:15 a.m. ET/5:15 p.m. AEDT. Here are our Bold Predictions on TST for Sydney FC vs. Newcastle Jets.
- At least four goals will be scored.
- Vedran Janjetovic will make under four saves.
- Mark Birighetti will make at least four saves.
- Under 40 fouls will be whistled.
- At least four cards will be issued.
- Shane Smeltz will score for Sydney.
- Filip Holosko will score for Sydney.
- Milos Trifunovic will score for Newcastle.
- Milos Ninkovic will score for Sydney.
- No goals will be score in the first 15 minutes.
Sydney are going to roll to a big win over their in-state rivals and turn up their pressure on crosstown rivals Western Sydney and the Brisbane Roar. Watch for Ninkovic to not only finish plays but make them as well.
Sydney FC 3, Newcastle Jets 1