Sydney FC, Victory prioritise A-League over Asian Champions League

Kevin Muscat Melbourne Victory
The two sides will face each other in a semi-final next Sunday and have made it their priority

With a Big Blue A-League semi-final looming, both Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC have named depleted squads for their mid-week Asian Champions League clashes.

The Sky Blues face Ulsan Hyundai on Tuesday night in South Korea with Siem de Jong, Alex Brosque and Rhyan Grant all left behind in Australia.

Sydney's ACL campaign hangs in the balance with three draws and one loss leaving them bottom of Group H but just two points behind second-place Shanghai SIPG.

Victory's hopes of group progression are already over meanwhile with Kevin Muscat's side picking up just one point from their four matches. 

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After beating Wellington Phoenix in an elimination final on Friday, Victory must head to South Korea to tackle Daegu FC on Wednesday with Keisuke Honda, Ola Toivonen, Terry Antonis, Raul Baena, Leigh Broxham, Lawrence Thomas and Kosta Barbarouses all omitted from the squad. 

Muscat will, in fact, bring just 15 players with him to Korea as he prioritises Sunday's A-League semi-final against Sydney FC.

The two sides will face off in a semi-final for the second year running with Victory triumphing 3-2 in extra time last season.