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26 Apr 2018 by TSZ

A-League Semi-Finals – Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory Preview

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When? Saturday 28th April, 10:50 (UK)

Where? Allianz Stadium

What channel is it on? BT Sport 1 (Delayed Next Day Coverage)

Are tickets still available?

Sydney FC & Melbourne Victory - http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=SYDFC2718

Where can I stream the match? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Sydney FC W4, D1
A-League meetings: Sydney FC W14, Melbourne Victory W13, D18

SYDNEY FC

Predicted line-up: Redmayne; Wilkshire, Warland, Wilkinson, Zullo; Brillante, O'Neill; Mierzejewski, Brosque, Ninkovic; Bobo

Unavailable:

Doubtful:

MELBOURNE VICTORY

Predicted line-up: Thomas; Deng, Donachie, Williams, Broxham; Valeri, Antonis; Barbarouses, Troisi, George; Berisha

Unavailable: Austin (Injured)

Doubtful:

PREDICTION
The second of the A-League semi-finals sees Sydney FC play host to Melbourne Victory with Graham Arnold’s men looking to pick up where they left off in the regular season. Saturday’s home side were head and shoulders above the rest of the division this year, but that superiority will count for nothing if they don’t deliver Grand Final success.

Standing in their way are Melbourne Victory who played last week in the Elimination-finals where they got the better of Adelaide United in dramatic fashion. Besart Berisha’s last minute effort completed a comeback which saw Kevin Muscat’s side earn a 2-1 home win.

They are going to have to be at their best if they are to cause Sydney FC any headaches, but even that might not be enough. Sydney FC may well have suffered disappointment in the Asian Champions League recently, but they should have more than enough to bounce back in the best possible way and book a place in this season’s Grand Final.

MEMORABLE MEETING
Earlier this month, Sydney FC played host to Melbourne Victory and that performance for the A-League Premier Plate winners could well prove to be a strong omen for this weekend. The reason being that they recorded a 1-0 win in front of their own fans.

In what was the final game of the regular season, it was down to Sydney FC’s top scorer Bobo to be the difference once more. His goal in the eighth minute gave Graham Arnold’s men the perfect end to that part of their A-League campaign with the visitors then preparing for entry into the elimination finals.

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