The pressure is well and truly on for the Sky Blues to clinch the double, but standing in the way of a Grand Final birth is an in form Perth Glory side.

The story so far…

Arguably the greatest regular season team in the history of the competition, Sydney have been in cruise mode so far this year with their only blemish a 1-0 loss to the Wanderers in February.

Along the way they’ve seen off every potential finals opponent, with their dominance ensuring they wrapped up the Premiers’ Plate with four games to spare.

Now that Graham Arnold’s men have their sights solely focused on a first Championship since 2010, we’ll truly be able to see if their blistering regular season form can be replicated in finals football.

They’ll beat Perth because…

Out of the three teams Sydney could have drawn for the elimination final they would have dreamt of Perth given their impressive record against the Glory this year. In fact, the Sky Blues enjoyed fixtures against Perth more than any other team, with a record of three wins, 11 goals scored and two conceded in their three regular season games.

Aside from the previous fixtures the Premiers will feel confident that their plethora of striking options (Bobo, Brosque, Holosko and Ninkovic) will be able to find the net against a Glory side which had the joint worst defence in the league.

Add to that Sydney’s record-breaking back four and a goalkeeper in Danny Vukovic who’s arguably in the form of his life and Perth might just find it difficult to breakdown the Sky Blues defence – especially given that they’ve conceded just four goals at home all season.

They’ll be knocked out by Perth because…

The one disappointment looming over Sydney’s season is their 2-1 loss to Melbourne City in the FFA cup late last year, so naturally questions arise as to whether the Sky Blues will choke under pressure with the Championship so close, especially given Perth’s recent run of form coming into this game.

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Perth’s impressive win over Melbourne City last weekend puts them in great stead to seriously challenge the Premiers, especially with a match winner and player of such quality as Diego Castro in the squad.

Will they win the Championship?

All signs point to yes. The stats are with them and their form has been consistently excellent, so barring a massive choke Sydney should be on track for a third Championship.

Best moment of the season…

In a season of endless highlights it’s tough to pick just one, but their 4-0 opening game win against the Wanderers was pretty excellent, as was the 1-0 win over Victory which all but sealed the Premier’s Plate with a great team goal and performance.

Key player…

It goes to show just how good Milos Ninkovic has been for the Sky Blues that he can stand out amongst a team full of players that have, largely, been excellent this year. Ninkovic has been a joy to watch though, and such a key to Sydney’s attack.

Injuries / suspensions…

Everyone involved with the Sky Blues was sweating on the health of Milos Ninkovic following his early departure from their last game of the season against Newcastle, but reports suggest that while he suffered minor ligament damage he’s back in training and should be ready to go come Saturday.

Prediction…

The Sky Blues will cap off their dominance over Perth this season with a 3-1 win.

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