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Alessandro Del Piero and Sydney FC head to Adelaide to face United in a match the home side need to win to keep pace with the front of the pack in the Australian A-League.

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Sydney FC look to end a two game skid when they face Adelaide United in the only game in the Australian A-League early Friday morning (3:30 a.m. EST).

They will look to former Italian international and world champion Alessandro Del Piero to lead them back into title contention as they currently sit nine points adrift from table toppers Brisbane.

The visitors come in at odds of 3.60 over at William Hill primarily due to their dismal away record. The Sky Blues have accrued a mark of 1-4 on the road and were smashed 5-2 at home by Brisbane on Boxing Day but will be bouyed by the return of Del Piero who has been given medical clearance to return after a hamstring injury.

They will certainly need him as they have the worst away goal production in the A-League with only two notches from five games and he leads the team with five goals.

They have also not drawn a game in 12 matches this season and the odds for a draw to occur are presently listed at 3.50 at the same betting firm.

The hosts come in as 1.91 favourites given their current three game unbeaten run. They are coming off a pivotal 1-0 home win over Newcastle Jets and a win here would see them cut the gap on their opponents to two points. Adelaide are 3-2-1 at home this season and have won two straight at Hindmarsh Stadium. The double result takes them to 2.87.

Despite Sydney's pattern of low scoring matches on the road (a 1.8 total goals average in five matches) I like the return of Del Piero and the three goal plus average of Adelaide home games enough for the over 2.5 total goals here at 1.73.

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