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Sydney FC vs Ulsan Hyundai
2019 Asian Champions League, Group stage, Matchday 1
|Venue: Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah|
|Match time: Fulltime|
|Sydney FC||Ulsan Hyundai|
The Asian Champions League will begin for Sydney FC on home soil as they take on Ulsan Hyundai at Kogarah. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:30pm (AEDT).
Sydney have never had a great run at the ACL, winning just seven of their 26 games to date and only making the round of 16 once in five attempts, back in that incredible 2016 year.
Steve Corica’s side haven’t been at their best in the A-League this season either, and will probably need to take out the grand final to qualify for this tournamemt next year. Winning home games for Sydney will be critical if they are to advance out of a tough group, which includes Ulsan, the Japanese champions Kawasaki, and Chinese champions Shanghai SIPG.
The Sky Blues come into this ACL opener on the back of two straight wins, which should do wonders for their confidence, and with some strong attackers forward, they will be hoping to push the pace of this game.
Between Adam Le Fondre, Milos Ninkovic, Alex Brosque and Reza Ghoochannejhad, they have weapons all over the pitch, and need to make the most of their opportunities against a usually defensively good Ulsan Hyundai.
They should have a match fitness advantage here as well, with Ulsan only one game into their new K-League season, where they finished third last season.
Beating the Suwon Bluewings was an impressive performance though, while they also won a play-off against Perak 5-1 to make the group rounds.
They will be looking to Brazilian import star Júnior Negrão to lead the way up front, while their defence, which is always solid, will be where they look to build the game from, strangling the life out of the home side.
The Sky Blues might be at home, but Ulsan are an incredibly strong side, and should play a style which will keep them right in this. I expect it to go down to the wire, but the sides to settle for a point a piece when it’s all said and done.
Sydney 1 – Ulsan 1.
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Kick-off: 8pm (AEDT)
Venue: Jubilee Oval, Kogarah
TV: Live, Fox Sports 505
Online: Live, Foxtel app, Foxtel now, Kayo sports
Betting: Ulsan $2.50, Sydney $2.63, draw $3.20
Overall record: Never played
Referee: Khamis Al-Kuwari (Qatar)
Sydney FC (squad)
14. Alex Brosque (c), 1. Andrew Redmayne (GK), 20. Alex Cisak (GK), 2. Aaron Calver, 3. Ben Warland, 4. Alex Wilkinson, 6. Joshua Brillante, 7. Michael Zullo, 8. Paulo Retre, 9. Adam Le Fondre, 10. Milos Ninkovic, 11. Daniel De Silva, 13. Brandon O’Neill, 16. Reza Ghoochannejhad, 17. Anthony Caceres, 18. Jacob Tratt, 21. Mitchell Austin, 22. Siem De Jong, 23. Rhyan Grant, 24. Cameron Devlin, 25. Joel King, 27. Jerry Skotadis, 28. Marco Tilio, 30. Tom Heward-Belle, 31. Luke Ivanovic, 32. Jordi Swibel, 33. Liam McGing, 34. Patrick Scibilio, 37. Hamish Lamberton
Ulsan Hyundai (squad)
1. Jo Su-huk (GK), 21. Oh Seung-hoon (GK), 31. Moon Jeong-in (GK), 41. Park Suk-min (GK), 2. Lee Ji-hoon, 3. Kim Min-deok, 4. Kang Min-soo, 5. Lim Jong-eun, 6. Jung Jae-yong, 7. Kim In-sung, 8. Hwang Il-su, 9. Júnior Negrão, 10. Shin Jin-ho, 11. Lee Keun-ho, 13. Lee Myung-jae, 14. Kim Bo-kyung, 15. Lee Dong-kyeong, 16. Lee Hyeon-seung, 17. Kim Sung-joon, 18. Joo Min-kyu, 19. Park Yong-woo, 20. Yun Young-sun, 22. Jeong Dong-ho, 23. Kim Tae-hwan, 24. Park Ha-bin, 27. Kim Chang-soo, 28. Lee Ji-seung, 29. Kim Soo-an, 32. Bae Jae-woo, 33. Park Joo-ho, 35. Kim Tae-hyeon, 38. Dave Bulthuis, 39. Park Jae-min, 42. Mix Diskerud, 45. Lee Dong-won, 88. Son Ho-jun, 98. Lee Sang-heon, 99. Park Jung-in