A Sydney FC team looking down the barrel of three straight losses heads north to face defending champions Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium, live from 8.00pm AEDT.
As an FC fan, thank god that Ian Crook is gone. Most of us thought he shouldn’t have been appointed in the first place, and after that embarrassing capitulation at home against our arch-rivals the Englishman graciously resigned (before he was pushed).
Speaking of under-pressure coaches, Rado Vidosic’s men were trounced by a then-bottom of the league Melbourne Heart last week and are anchored to the bottom of the table. In saying that, a win here coupled with some other results could push them as high as into the top six – not that should not be good enough for the defending champions.
The hosts will welcome back opposition favourite, the affable Besart Berisha, who revealed this week that Alessandro Del Piero is one of his footballing idols and to play against him is a dream come true. Still, we’ll see if the Albanian offers to take ADP down the tunnel for a brawl as he did with Pascal Bosschaart last year.
Speaking of the big Dutchmen, he scored his first senior goal in over 350 appearances in Sydney’s loss to Melbourne Victory on Saturday and seemed to fix Sydney’s oh so leaky defence – until the last 20 minutes when all hell broke loose.
It will be a baptism of fire for interim coach Steve Corica, with the former number 10 declaring himself out of the running for the job full time.
But this game is all about Corica, and hopefully his boys will lift for him. Join us at around 7.45pm AEDT for all the line-ups, formations and team news.