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Sydney FC vs Shanghai SIPG
2019 Asian Champions League, Group stage, Matchday 3
|Venue: Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah|
|Match time: Fulltime|
|Sydney FC||Shanghai SIPG|
Sydney FC will be desperate for a victory as they look to kickstart their Asian Champions League campaign against against Shanghai East Asia. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:30pm (AEDT).
After only being able to pinch a draw from their first two matches of the campaign, this is as good as a must-win contest on home soil for Sydney.
While they wouldn’t be mathematically out of the fight without all three points, they have two road trips left, and it would leave them in the awkward spot of needing something along the lines of seven or eight points at a minimum from their last three games.
It goes without saying though that this match is going to be about as tough as it gets.
They take on the current Chinese Super League champions, who have built their run from a traditional Asian style of football – cluster at the back and counter-attack through big weapons, like two of their Brazilian imports in Hulk and Oscar.
If Sydney can’t find a way to slow down the duo, or get opportunities through the defence, they simply won’t be in the contest against a side who beat Kawasaki Frontale in their group stage opener, then lost on the road to Ulsan Hyundai.
The Sky Blues have been in reasonable attacking tough though, running up 3-1 and 2-1 victories over the Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar in their last two starts, while thy have won four of their last five in domestic competition.
If they are to get the chocolates here, they will need their combination of Adam Le Fondre and Reza Ghoochannejhad to work like a dream at the front, and to play with pace down the wings as they try to stretch what has been a very solid defensive line.
Shanghai have let just five goals in across their first four games, but with three of those coming last start in their first loss of the season, the pressure is on Sydney to try and crack them open.
Sydney are at home and must be desperate for the win. If they can manage to slow down Hulk and Oscar, they will be well on their way towards a victory, and should pick up the three points to keep their campaign alive here.
Sydney 2 – Shanghai 1.
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Kick-off: 7:30pm (AEDT)
Venue: Jubilee Oval, Kogarah
TV: Live, Fox Sports