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The second match of this Saturday’s A-League coverage takes us to Kogarah where Sydney FC will host Adelaide United. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:30pm (AEDT).
Sydney came into the round nine points clear on top of the league table after a 2-1 win over second-placed Melbourne City last weekend. Sydney went behind before equalising through Adam Le Fondre and winning it late with a goal from Kosta Barbarouses.
Sydney went down to ten men early in the match after Rhyan Grant was shown a red card on VAR review after a reckless challenge on City’s Nathaniel Atkinson. Grant was given a three-match ban for the incident and as such will miss this fixture.
Adelaide hosted Western Sydney Wanderers last week and lost 3-2 despite a late comeback with a pair of penalties in the last ten minutes. Al Hassan Toure opened the scoring in the first half, while George Blackwood took both of the late penalties, scoring one and missing the other.
Sydney will miss Grant with his suspension, Trent Buhagiar on Olyroos duty and Tom Heward-Belle with a knee injury. Heward-Belle was initially named in the Olyroos’ squad and would have missed anyway.
Michael Zullo’s timely return from injury allows him to replace Grant in the squad while Marco Tilio, Jordi Swibel, Calem Nieuwenhof and Adam Pavlesic are also brought in.
Heward-Belle’s omission from the Olyroos’ squad has a knock-on effect on Sydney’s opponents Adelaide, with their third-choice keeper Daniel Marguš called up to replace him. Marguš is joined on national duty by Al Hassan Toure.
Riley McGree and Kristian Opseth both return from injury with Dakota Ochsenham named to cover Marguš.
Sydney have been very good this season and deserve their spot at the top of the table. Adelaide meanwhile have been very inconsistent. McGree and Opseth returning will help them, but Sydney should prove too strong.
Where: Netsrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah
When: Saturday, 4th January, 7:30pm (AEDT)
TV: Fox Sports 505, Kayo Sports
Odds: Sydney $1.83, draw $3.75, Adelaide $4
1. Andrew Redmayne, 2. Patrick Flottmann, 4. Alex Wilkinson (c), 5. Alex Baumjohann, 6. Ryan McGowan, 7. Michael Zullo, 8. Paulo Retre, 9. Adam Le Fondre, 10. Milos Ninkovic, 11. Kosta Barbarouses, 16. Joel King, 17. Anthony Caceres, 18. Luke Ivanovic, 21. Harry Van Der Saag, 24. Marco Tilio, 25. Ryan Teague, 26. Luke Brattan, 27. Jordi Swibel, 28. Calem Nieuwenhof, 30. Adam Pavlesic.
2. Michael Marrone, 4. Ryan Strain, 5. Michaël Maria, 6. Vince Lia, 7. Ryan Kitto, 8. Riley McGree, 10. James Troisi, 11. Kristian Opseth, 14. George Blackwood, 16. Nathan Konstandopoulos, 17. Nikola Mileusnic, 18. Lachlan Brook, 20. Paul Izzo, 22. Michael Jakobsen (c), 23. Jordan Elsey, 26. Ben Halloran, 27. Louis D’Arrigo, 30. Isaac Richards, 40. Dakota Ochsenham.
Referee: Adam Fielding
Assistant referee 1: Owen Goldrick
Assistant referee 2: Greg Taylor
Fourth official: Stephen Lucas
VAR: Alex King