If there's one thing Sydney FC haven't lacked over the past two seasons, it's confidence.
And ahead of another Big Blue clash against long-time rivals Melbourne Victory on Friday night, the Sky Blues believe they are set for more success.
Having decided to wait until the final game of the regular season to lift the Premiers Plate, Sydney FC boldly declared they'll be lifting two trophies on the night with the Beyond Blue Cup also up for grabs.
Though the arrogance may be grating, the fact of the matter is it's hard to see any other result happening with the Sky Blues soaring once again throughout this A-League season.
Sydney FC’s stellar two seasons in fact mean they’ve developed a real edge over Victory and have won the last six games between the two. The Sky Blues last loss in this fixture dates all the way back to Australia Day 2016.
While both teams enter this clash in good league form, Victory with two straight wins and Sydney with three, there’s no doubting the difference between the two this season.
The Sky Blues have scored 20 more goals and conceded 14 fewer than their rivals in a regular season that sees them 20 points clear of fourth-placed Victory at the top of the A-League ladder.
If statistics weren’t enough, Muscat has said he’s ready to rest any players that aren’t completely fit with a midweek ACL clash looming before a knockout final next weekend.
Young Christian Theoharous appears to be one of those and is an x-factor player Victory could sorely miss.
Sydney FC on the other hand boast a near full fit squad with long-term absentee Rhyan Grant included in an extended 18-man squad after a long recovery period.
In what could be these two coaches final showdown, expect Arnold to throw everything at Muscat to ensure final bragging rights over his rival.
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