Sydney FC Hard To Topple At Home

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Sydney FC welcomes back skipper Alessandro Del Piero. Image courtesy of Pierse/Getty Images
After four straight wins, Brisbane Roar came back to earth last start going down 2-0 to Newcastle at Suncorp Stadium. What was supposed to be a celebration of the first club to notch 100 A-League victories and goal-keeper Michael Theo’s personal century of appearances, ended in total disappointment.

Five points clear at the top of the ladder before the start of the traditional hectic festive season schedule, questions are now being asked about how the two-time champion will respond to what coach Mike Mulvey labelled ‘a wake-up call’. Ironically, Brisbane’s previous loss was also to the Jets and sparked a quartet of victories.

But stats show it’ll be hard for Roar to rebound in similar fashion. The Sky Blues have lost just two of 14 at home to Brisbane, with six wins and six draws. Within the safe confines of Suncorp, Roar has notched 4-0 and 3-1 victories over Sydney at their past two encounters.

By the same token, the Sky Blues have registered 2-1 and 2-0 results when at home. They will also be smarting after dropping last Sunday’s match against second-bottom team Wellington. Young striker, Joel Chianese, wants to make up for his 'miss of the season', which would’ve salvaged a point against Phoenix. The hosts will also be bolstered by the return of inspirational skipper Alessandro Del Piero and perhaps fellow marque player Brett Emerton.

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