Sydney FC set for sobering Kawasaki clash

The Sky Blues face a massive test to back up after their recent A-League triumph

Less than 48 hours after being crowned A-League champions for a fourth time, Sydney FC will end a disappointing Asian Champions League campaign against Kawasaki on Tuesday night. 

Unable to escape their group after picking up just three points from five group games, the Sky Blues will be playing for pride at Jubilee and might be brutally brought back down to earth by their Japanese opponents.

Kawasaki can still qualify for the knockout stages with a win should Shanghai SIPG fail to pick up three points against Ulsan. 

Having not lost any of their past eight matches in all competitions, the reigning J-League champions are in form, full of motivation and will be strong favourites to dispatch what will likely be a second-string Sydney FC side.

With most of Steve Corica's side still celebrating their A-League grand final win over Perth Glory, the Sky Blues will likely give fringe players a chance to impress - something Kawasaki will be ready to take full advantage of.

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While held to a 1-1 draw with Nagoya on Friday, Kawasaki put four goals past Shimizu Pulse the game prior and are more than capable of putting Sydney FC to the sword.

Though the odds may be firmly stacked against the Sky Blues, this will be Alex Brosque's last appearance for the club and they'll be desperate to ensure he's sent off on the right note. 

But don't expect Kawasaki to show any mercy with ACL progression on the line.