Sydney aiming to make history by winning eighth straight Big Blue

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All eyes will be on Sydney FC this Wednesday night, when they have the chance to make ‘Big Blue’ history by winning eight consecutive games against Melbourne Victory – a record in this rivalry.

Sydney are fresh off a 1-0 win against Western United on Saturday, and host the Victory at Kogarah.

Inconsistency in front of goals has been the theme to the champions season so far and Melbourne City’s form means that first place looks unreachable for Sydney.

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The Sky Blues will instead look to secure second spot, and a win over Victory will move them from third to second on the ladder.

The A-League finals series formatting means finishing top two is an easier path to the grand final – with both these sides only having to win one knock out game instead of two –  making the clash extremely important for Sydney as they eye off a third straight grand final win.

The Sky Blues misfiring attack has been boosted by the return of striker Adam le Fondre from India, who was their top goal scorer in the past two seasons.

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‘Alfie’ has already picked up where he left off last season. The Englishmen took just 13 minutes to score on his return debut against Western last week.

Sydney fans and head coach Steve Corica will be praying the return of Alfie can inspire Sydney’s attack to start capitalising on their chances.

The game against Victory will also be an indicator as to Corica’s tactical plan for the finals series. The return of le Fondre means Corica now has an array of options to choose from in the attacking department with Barbarouses, Bobo, Buhagiar and le Fondre all available for selection.

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Sydney have enjoyed playing Victory in recent times and another win for the Sky Blues in the Big Blue would give their supporters bragging rights for the record eight number of consecutive wins in this fixture.

The allure of a firm grip on second place and another milestone for the Cove to celebrate at the Victory’s expense should be enough to see Sydney comfortably beat Melbourne.

Kick off is 7pm AEST at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

Featured image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Adam Sheldon
Full time football addict. Passionate about any sport with balls. Covering Sydney FC A-League and W-League teams for the upcoming season.

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