Preview: Against All Odds Twice In A Row?

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Written By Michael Safro (@safrossydney)

Sydney FC will need to get off their cloud.

Games are coming thick and fast and Sky Blues will have had no time to celebrate Wednesday’s momentous win against Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande. In the lead up to their all-important clash with Melbourne City this Saturday night, it has been little more than recovery sessions as they look to shake the fatigue that comes from playing their fifth match in two weeks.

Whinging already?

Not in the least – this is where Sydney FC needs to be every season and managing fatigue comes with the territory when a club takes part in ACL competition alongside its domestic campaign. But no one said it was easy.

Complicating matters is the number of Sydney players unavailable through injury and suspension on Saturday night. I had my say on Jacques Faty last week but David Carney, superb in the last few games back in Sky Blue colours, should have known better than to talk himself into a yellow last weekend, which ruled him out for this weekend through card accumulation. Faty and Carney are joined on the sidelines by other card offenders Rhyan Grant and Seb Ryall, leaving the Sydney backline in a parlous state come the weekend.

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Review: A Win To be Savoured Against The Reigning Asian Champions - ACL 2016 Match Day 2

Sky Blue fans will speak of this night for years to come.

Sydney FC’s 2-1 defeat of Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande will rank in the club’s  Allianz Stadium pantheon alongside Steve Corica’s Grand final winner in 2006, John Aloisi’s 2010 wonderstrike and Sydney’s emotion-charged, ten-man defeat of Melbourne Victory in late 2013.

With multi-million dollar imports Jackson Martinez and Paulinho on the team sheet and coached by World Cup winner Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guangzhou were raging favourites going into the contest.

The hosts, meanwhile, were to be little more than fodder for the Asian millionnaires, a minor speed hump on the Silk Road to success. Frankly, with the money Guangzhou had spent, success is something to which they had a right to feel entitled. 

On a night of emotion and high drama, the Sky Blues once again demonstrated that they play their best football when the odds are stacked against them. Sydney rolled the dice to take the game to their more fancied opponents from the opening whistle, proving that fortune really does favour the brave.

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ACL: Sydney FC v Guangzhou Evergrande Wed March 2 8pm Kickoff

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Wednesday night marks the return of Champions League football to the SFS.

Champions Guangzhou Evergrande bring with them Asia's most expensive squad and a sold out away end.

With the current squad decimated with injuries and shit form, the boys need our support more than ever. Don your colours, bring your friends and family, get rowdy, sing yourself hoarse as you see Sydney's one true football club take on the best in Asia.

No excuses, except the ones explain to your boss why you're not at work Thursday morning!!!



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