Finals comes early as winner takes all in this must-win clash. The winner will end their rivals' season this Sunday, to their own benefit
Grant, Beauchamp, Bosschaart, Jamieson
Emerton, McFlynn, Carle, Chianese
Zadkovich, Topor-Stanley, Regan, Byun
Elrich, Wheelhouse, Kantarovski, Pepper
Sydney FC head into this must-win fixture in seventh place, with only goal difference separating them and opponents the Newcastle Jets, who sit in sixth.
Unlikely as it is, Sydney is still able to finishing in fifth if results go their way.
If Newcastle win or draw, they make the finals. If Sydney win, they make the finals and Newcastle miss out.
Both sides head into this match in good form. Sydney have only lost twice in their last 10 games, although one of these losses was against Newcastle at home in a 5-2 thumping. Since then, Sydney have shown great heart in their performances and have never given up on their finals dream.
This was highlighted by their 2-2 draw last Saturday. Shannon Cole scored a second-half double to salvage a much-needed point against Melbourne Heart. Sydney have saved the most points this season from losing positions, which shows the fighting mentality instilled by Vitezslav Lavicka.
Sydney will be looking to high-profile players Brett Emerton and Nicky Carle to play their part and justify their price tag in what could be Lavicka's last match at the helm of the club.
Karol Kisel is back in the squad after suspension, but it remains to be seen if Lavicka brings his fellow Czech immediately back into the starting XI in what could be the last match at the club for both.
Finals football is what was expected from the Sky Blue fans all season and they must deliver.
Newcastle's form has been exceptional, largely because of their impressive away results. The Jets have won three away games in 2012 including an inspired victory against Melbourne Heart 3-1.
A win against Brisbane last Saturday would have secured finals football, but the Roar rose to the occasion in a 201 win at Hunter Stadium
Newcastle are unlikely to compromise their attacking, high-pressing style, even though a draw is all they need.
Coach Gary van Egmond will make at least one change to the starting XI, however, with Tiago suspended and Taylor Regan likely to replace him in defence.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- The last time these two played at the SFS, Newcastle thrashed their opponents 5-2. That was Sydney's worst-ever loss at home.
- Jeremy Brockie and Ryan Griffiths are both on nine goals. A goal for either could take them to outright second on the scoring charts.
- Both Pascal Bosschaart and Nicky Carle have four assists this season. They lead Sydney in this stat.
- This could be Vitezslav Lavicka's last game in charge of Sydney FC if they lose or draw.
- Newcastle have won five of their last eight games.