Prospects Hinge On Desperate Points Battle

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Sydney FC is desperate to find form after three straight losses at home. Source: news.com.au/Getty Images

This is a battle between two desperate teams which have occasionally threatened this season, but overall have been disappointing. Sydney FC’s form is that bad, disgruntled fans vented their fury on coach Frank Farina. During Saturday night’s 3-0 loss to Adelaide, fans in the normally loyal Cove displayed banners calling for Farina to be sacked. The coach also wore the contents of a cup of beer, as the Sky Blues slumped to their third consecutive home loss.

In fact, the glamour club has recorded only one victory in eight outings since mid-December, picking up just four points. As a result, it is now seventh, a point behind Wellington and the pressure is mounting on Farina to turn things around. Farina has included veteran defender Sasa Ogenovski, Terry Antonis and Daniel Petkovski, while Nick Carle has been sidelined with an adductor injury and Seb Ryall is suspended.

In eighth-place and two points out of the top-six, Perth’s form isn’t much to crow about either. In the same period, Glory has won only two of eight – 3-0 against Melbourne Heart and 1-0 over Newcastle. The boys from the west won the last encounter against Sydney 1-0 back in early November, but that was in the safe confines of nib Stadium. The last time Perth took maximum points in the Harbour City was in December 2008.

This season again highlights just how much trouble Glory has away from home. Road trips have yielded a mere five points from nine journeys. That’s the second worst return in the League, with Heart the poorest traveller. The visitors though can take comfort from the fact that Sydney’s brittle defence has conceded 27 goals, seven more than theirs. Perth goes into this match with an unchanged squad.

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