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February 16, 2013 5:30 PM EST
Allianz Stadium — Sydney
Referee:‬ S. Delovski‎
Attendance:‬ 15602‎
 
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67′ Blake Powell
 

A-League preview: Sydney FC v Adelaide United

With coach Frank Farina having signed a two-year deal on Thursday, Sydney FC appear a far more settled club. The Reds will have a fresh dose of confidence themselves, however

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  PROBABLE LINEUP
SYDNEY FC

Necevski
Grant, Ryall, Griffiths, Fabio
Emerton, Antonis, Abbas
Yau, Del Piero, Chianese

ADELAIDE UNITED

Galekovic
Watson, Fyfe, Boogaard, Cassio
Vidosic, Malik, Carrusca
Ferreira, Neumann, Kostopoulos

Historically, there has never much between Sydney FC and Adelaide United - as the head-to-head record suggests - and this clash should be no different.

Sydney FC are enjoying a better run of form and last Sunday's 2-1 win over Brisbane saw the club move back into the top six for the first time since Week 4.

Frank Farina's side have lost just one of their last five matches and have won four in a row at Allianz Stadium.

They will be forced into a few changes, however, though with midfielders Brett Emerton and Ali Abbas joining Joel Griffiths on the suspended list following yellow cards against the Roar.

Captain Terry McFlynn and Yairo Yau could replace the duo, while Mitch Mallia and Trent McClenahan also return to the squad. 

Adelaide United snapped a three-game losing streak with a morale-boosting 1-0 over Melbourne Victory last Friday.

It was a first win for new coach Michael Valkanis and kept the Reds alive for a possible top-two finish.

Valkanis will be forced to watch this match from the stands though after picking up a one-game ban for abusing the referee against Victory, however.

New signing Tomi Juric could be included in the matchday squad, while Nigel Boogaard, Jake Barker-Daish and Fabian Barbiero are back in contention.

The Reds have won both clashes between the two sides this season, including a crushing 3-0 win on New Years Eve.

But while Adelaide may have had the results over the Sky Blues this season, there is no doubting Sydney FC are a much stronger proposition right now.

They are extremely fit, playing with more belief and most importantly winning games. The two-year deal signed by coach Frank Farina will also give the club confidence.

The Reds will be buoyed by their win over Victory last Friday and the absence of Emerton and Abbas certainly helps their cause.

But Sydney FC have come to enjoy playing in front of their home fans again and with a chance to potentially put some breathing space between themselves and the chasing pack, the Sky Blues may be slight favourites for this one.

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