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A-League preview: Sydney FC v Melbourne Heart

A-League preview: Sydney FC v Melbourne Heart

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Finals are becoming an increasingly unlikely prospect for the hosts, while Heart will be desperate to hold onto their top-six spot

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  PROBABLE LINEUP

SYDNEY FC

Janjetovic
Grant, McClenahan, Ryall, Fabio
Emerton, Culina, Triantis
Powell, Del Piero, Abbas

MELBOURNE HEART

Bolton
Walker, Gerhardt, Colosimo, Behich
Thompson, Fred, Garcia
Mebrahtu, Tadic, Germano

Time is running out for Sydney FC to make their charge for the finals, with coach Frank Farina labelling the club's next two games - both at home - as decisive for their season.

The Sky Blues may be back on the bottom of the A-League ladder but showed tremendous fight last Saturdayto come from behind twice to snatch a draw with the Perth Glory.

Farina has Fabio available again after his return from injury, joining attacker Yairo Yau in the squad.

Heart moved back into the top six with last Sunday's thrilling 3-2 win over champions Brisbane and have a great opportunity to further bolster their finals chances against struggling Sydney.

Winger David Williams is unavailable for the Heart after he was sent off against the Roar, while right-back Michael Marrone is in China negotiating a potential transfer.

In come eight players to the initial squad, including Australia youth internationals David Vrankovic, Ben Garuccio and Cameron Edwards.

Jeremy Walker, however, is the one most likely to replace Marrone in defence.

These sides played out a 0-0 draw when they met earlier this season in what was Farina's first match in charge of the Sky Blues.

But Sydney's defensive issues seemed to have resurfaced in recent weeks and another big problem this week is their shocking record against the Heart.

The Sky Blues have yet to beat the newest Melbourne franchise in two-and-a-half seasons and have failed to even score a goal in the last two clashes between the sides in Sydney.

Heart, meanwhile, managed to get away with one last week but John Aloisi's side have made a habit of throwing away good leads this season.

The Heart led Wellington 2-0 a few weeks back only to lose 3-2 and they had a similar lead against the Jets only to finish with a 3-3 draw.

Those five points dropped could prove costly come the end of the season and they will need to learn how to hold onto leads if they are to challenge for the title.

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-Vedran JanjetovićGoalkeeper
2Sebastian RyallDefender
33FabinhoDefender
3Trent McClenahanDefender
23Rhyan GrantDefender
15Jason CulinaMidfielder
7Brett EmertonMidfielder
26Ali AbbasMidfielder
-Peter TriantisMidfielder
-Alessandro Del PieroStriker
-Y. GlaizeStriker
-Matthew NashGoalkeeper
-Aaron CalverDefender
15Terry McFlynnMidfielder
-Blake PowellStriker
20Andrew RedmayneGoalkeeper
5Simon ColosimoDefender
6Patrick Nyema GerhardtDefender
16Aziz BehichDefender
-Jeremy WalkerDefender
7FredMidfielder
18Matt ThompsonMidfielder
14Richard GarciaMidfielder
13Jonathan GermanoMidfielder
22Nicholas KalmarMidfielder
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