Sydney FC will be out for redemption in the finals series this year after their grand final heartbreak last season and that road to redemption starts on Saturday evening with their semi finals clash with Perth Glory.

The Football Sack is here to help you get ready for the clash by giving the lowdown on their season so far.

The story so far

A mere victory away from a chance at a third premiership, the Sky Blues will be determined to make up for their regular season heartache with a storming finish to the season. Having dropped just seven points in the 10 games before the penultimate round, defeats to Newcastle and Adelaide saw the league leaders drop from first to third on the ladder. Despite the disappointing end to the campaign, Sydney will be looking to replicate the form which made them a formidable opponent throughout the regular season in their Saturday evening clash with Perth.

They’ll beat Perth because…

On their day this is a Sydney side who can beat any team in the competition, with x-factor players in Caitlin Foord and Remy Siemsen who aren’t afraid to run at defenders and win games by themselves. Their record against the Glory is also impressive, having won nine of the 16 fixtures between the two sides, while scoring over three goals a game on average. The Sky Blues also boast a solid record in Perth with four wins in eight games.

 They’ll lose to Perth because…

With just one point from their last three games, Sydney have been far from their best. Perhaps even more worrying is the defensive frailty they’ve shown in their recent clashes, especially in the 5-2 routing by Adelaide United last weekend. After being so strong at the back for much of the season their record of nine goals conceded in three appearances will be worrying for the Sky Blues – particularly with Sam Kerr and Rosie Sutton looking so lethal in front of goal.

Will they win the W-League?

No, but not for lack of talent. Sydney look like a confidence team and for the last few weeks that confidence has been shattered and the frustration has emerged. They’ve certainly got the players to regain that spark and win the competition, but whether they will after last week’s devastating set of results is a different matter.

Best moment of the season so far?

Their 6-1 thrashing of premiers Canberra United in Round 10 at Lambert Park is surely one of the results of the season, especially considering Sydney played the last half hour with ten players. The dominant win showcased Sydney at their very best.

Key player

Caitlin Foord. The forward is a master magician on her day with class and ability that puts her on another level to most players in the league. Sydney will need it if they are to snatch a grand final berth away to Perth.

Injuries/Suspensions

None to report.

Prediction

Perth Glory 2-1 Sydney FC

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