A-League Final Preview: Melbourne City vs Sydney FC, Key stats, H2H, Line-ups, Prediction

Scott Jamieson of Melbourne City and Alex Wilkinson of Sydney FC
Scott Jamieson of Melbourne City and Alex Wilkinson of Sydney FC /IMAGO

Melbourne City and Sydney FC will lock horns in the grand final of the A-League 2020/21 season.

Venue: Melbourne Rectangular stadium

Key Statistics

  • Melbourne City claimed their first Premiership title after topping the table. Now they are looking to get their hands on the Championship after defeating Macarthur FC in the semi-finals.
  • The defending champions Sydney FC will look to turn the fortunes around after easing past Adelaide in the last four of the final series.

Head to Head

Sydney have a better track record against Melbourne, winning 14 times out of 34. Their recent meeting in the A-League ended in a 1-1 draw.

Sydney 14 wins; 10 draws; Melbourne City 10 wins

Recent Performances

Melbourne City FC: D W L D L W (Goals For 7, Goals Against 8)

Sydney FC: W W W W W W (Goals For 12, Goals Against 2)

Melbourne City

It was doubted that Melbourne could struggle against Macarthur in the semi-final of the final series due to their recent form. But the A-League premiers proved us otherwise by steamrolling Macarthur to book their place in the finals courtesy of goals from young striker Stefan Colakovksi and Marco Tilio. The young duo stepped up in the absence of Jamie Maclaren and Craig Nonne – the two most prolific City players- and showed that they could be counted on for big games.

The City will step into the finals with high spirits and try to get their hands at the long-evading Championship title.

Possible line-ups (Melbourne City)

Tom Glover; Scott Jamieson, Rostyn Griffiths, Nuno Reis, Scott Galloway; Aiden O’Neill, Florin Berenguer, Adrian Luna; Nathaniel Atkinson, Marco Tilio, Stefan Colakovski.

Sydney FC

Despite losing the Premiership honour, Sydney FC capped off the regular season on a high note, winning all of their last five games. They also eased past Adelaide United in the semi-finals after goals from experienced campaigners Bobo and Adam Le Fondre.

The Sky Blues will also look to take the advantage of their head to head record against Melbourne City. Sydney’s Championship title could be on the stakes, but they know how to scrape results in the finals.

Possible line-ups (Sydney FC)

Tom Heward-Belle; Joel King, Ben Warland, Alex Wilkinson, Paulo Retre; Anthony Caceres, Luke Brattan, Kosta Barbarouses, Alexander Baumjohann; Bobo, Adam Le Fondre


Melbourne City : Draw : Sydney FC ::


Melbourne City 1 – 1 Sydney FC (90 minutes)