A-League Preview: Sydney FC vs Adelaide United, Key stats, Line-ups, Prediction

Jordan Elsey of Adelaide United-Deyvison Da Silva of Sydney FC
Jordan Elsey of Adelaide United-Deyvison Da Silva of Sydney FC /IMAGO

Sydney FC will host Adelaide United in the semifinals of playoffs this season.

Stadium: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

Key Statistics

  • Having won all of their last five games, defending champions, Sydney FC will look to maximise their chances to book a place in the finals.
  • Despite scrapping a hard-fought win in the Elimination finals against Brisbane, Adelaide have managed to win only three in their last 11 fixtures.

Head to Head – Sydney FC vs Adelaide United

Sydney FC 21 wins; 11 Draws; Adelaide FC 18 wins; Sydney scored 75 goals against 68 by Adelaide United (in a total of 50 matches)

Latest Performance

Sydney FC: WWWWW

Adelaide United: WDLWL

Sydney FC

Sydney FC enjoyed quite a brilliant season in A-League, but ended up second in the table, allowing Melbourne City to win their first-ever Premier’s Plate.

The defending champions will play their first match in the final series on Saturday against Adelaide United, and the Sky Blues see themselves as the favourites to be the finalists for one more time.

Sydney wrapped up the season on a high note, winning all of their last five league matches, and in addition, they possess one of the best defences compared to others.

The credit also goes to manager Steve Corica, who has been impressive since his appointment in 2018, leading Sky Blues to back to back Championship titles.

Brazilian striker Bobo is expected to play a crucial role as he is the top scorer of the Sky Blues this season with 11 goals.

Possible Sydney FC line-ups

Tom Heward-Belle; Harry Van Der Saag, Alex Wilkinson, Ben Warland, Joel King; Kosta Barbarouses, Luke Brattan, Anthony Caceres, Milos Ninkovic; Bobo, Adam Le Fondre.

Adelaide United

Adelaide United managed to secure their place in the final series after finishing fifth in the table.

However, they outplayed Brisbane Roar last Sunday to book their place in the last four. Tomi Juric was instrumental behind the win, as he scored a quickfire double to see off Brisbane.

The 29-year-old has enjoyed a brilliant season by racking up 9 goals and is expected to step up to the occasion on Saturday against the defending champions.

Nonetheless, Adelaide’s recent record leaves a lot to be desired, as they have been able to win only three of their last 11 games, and they have also bit the dust in two of their games against Sydney FC this season.

Carl Veart’s side, who were the winners of the 2016 edition, will enter into the game as the non-favourites, but they have the tendency to punch above their weight.

Possible Adelaide United line-ups

James Delianov; Ryan Strain, Jordan Elsey, Michael Jakobsen, Javi Lopez; Louis D’Arrigo, Joshua Cavallo; Ben Halloran, Stefan Mauk, Ryan Kitto; Tom Juric.

Probabilities – Sydney FC vs Adelaide United

Sydney FC : Draw : Adelaide United :: 60% : 23% : 17%

Prediction – Sydney FC vs Adelaide United

Sydney FC 3-0 Adelaide United.