Red-Hot Reds Raring To Go

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Just as Adelaide United’s season has taken an upward trajectory, Sydney FC’s has taken a turn for the worse. Where once Josep Gombau was under attack after the Reds’ horror start to the season, the pressure valve has been released with his side taking seven points from its last three starts. The blowtorch is now back on Frank Farina, though; long gone are memories of a four-game winning streak with the Sky Blues now dropping three of their last four, including a dreadful 5-2 defeat at Allianz Stadium against Brisbane Roar last week, the second time they’ve been pummelled by the league leader this season.

The Reds are showing signs of life despite never having their best team on the park. Leading scorer Jeronimo Neumann is out due to suspension this week while Marcelo Carrusca (groin) has also been ruled out. The good news is Fabio Ferreira is likely to return from a groin strain while Osama Malik has shrugged off an ankle injury.

Alessandro del Piero looks set to play after getting through just 45 minutes last week due to a back problem. Joel Chianese is expected to miss a week due to an ankle injury while Seb Ryall is also out with a calf problem.

Sydney FC’s recent away form is awful with just one win in their last 14 road trips, but a trip to the City of Churches shouldn’t be that daunting given the fact the Sky Blues have won on two of their last three visits there. Despite wins the last couple of seasons, FC has never managed to keep a clean sheet at Coopers (Hindmarsh) Stadium. Part of Adelaide’s resurgence can be put down to its greater organisation at the back, with the Reds keeping three successive clean sheets . None of Sydney’s last 13 A-League games have finished in a draw . 

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