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Sydney have gotten over the line in a 2-1 victory defeating the Wellington Phoenix thanks to a 77th-minute winner from Rhyan Grant.
Sydney FC 2
Wellington Phoenix 1
Sydney FC look for their second win of the season when they take on Wellington Phoenix. Join The Roar from 6pm AEDT for live scores and commentary.
After a chaotic, VAR-dominated game against Adelaide United in their opening fixture, Sydney FC will be looking for something more straight-forward against Wellington.
Sydney did manage to win the game 3-2 – but scrapped past with a late winner by Ryan McGowan.
They will be happy with the performance of Adam Le Fondre, who scored twice and looks like he might score for fun – especially with a full-strength squad behind him.
Andrew Redmayne, Patrick Flottmann and Rhyan Grant all return from international duty and are expected to start.
It’s also the first home game for Kosta Barbarouses and Alexander Baumjohann, who will be looking to impress.
Barbarouses has long been one of the A-League’s best players – and this Sydney side is arguably the strongest team in the league this season.
Wellington had a rough start – their one-nil loss to new-side Western United hurt especially hard given the Mark Rudan debacle – but they had some positive moments.
They also have a new-look squad and have lost some of their best players (to Western United), so no one, myself included, is expecting much from them against the Sky Blues.
Manager Ufuk Talay knows all about Sydney though and that could play in Wellington’s hands.
Talay served as Sydney FC’s assistant manager last season and returns to his former club for the first time.
It should be fairly straightforwrad for Sydney FC, but if Talay can produce a tactical masterclass, we could see an upset. I wouldn’t put the house on it though.
Sydney FC 3 – 0 Wellington Phoenix
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Date: Sun Oct 20
Kick-off: 6pm (AEDT)
Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 2.Patrick FLOTTMANN, 4.Alex WILKINSON (c), 5.Alex BAUMJOHANN, 6.Ryan McGOWAN, 8.Paulo RETRE, 9.Adam LE FONDRE, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 16.Joel KING, 17.Anthony CACERES, 18.Luke IVANOVIC, 19.Chris ZUVELA, 20.Tom HEWARD-BELLE (gk), 21.Harry VAN DER SAAG, 23.Rhyan GRANT, 24.Marco TILIO, 26.Luke BRATTAN, 27.Jordi SWIBEL **2-4 to be omitted**
1.Stefan MARINOVIC (gk), 2.Liam McGING, 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Te Atawhai HUDSON-WIHONGI, 5.Matti STEINMANN, 6.Tim PAYNE, 7.Reno PISCOPO, 8.Cameron DEVLIN, 9.David BALL, 10.Ulises DAVILA, 11.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 13.Liberato CACACE, 14.Alex RUFER, 16.Louis FENTON, 17.Callan ELLIOT, 20.Oliver SAIL (gk), 21.Callum MCCOWATT, 23.Walter SCOTT, 27.Steven TAYLOR (c), 31.Ben WAINE **2-4 to be omitted**