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CountArach
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A-League Semi Final

Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory

Allianz Stadium

Saturday 28 April 2018

Kick off: 7:50pm

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That's right, this lot again. Just a fortnight after playing them in the League.

 

Sydney have been dominant in the past two seasons, and that is truly reflected by the fact that Victory haven't beaten Sydney since 26 January 2016, well over two years. Sydney have won all seven of the last seven contests between these two sides, including last year's Final. Despite being knocked out of Asia after a disappointing 0-0 last Tuesday, confidence should still be high in the Sydney camp, and the extra rest time may have helped with some of those players who have been looking a bit leggy. Bobo has continued his good form through to the end of the season, Adrian has looked unstoppable, and with Zullo back the squad is humming along nicely providing all the service we need.

 

Victory will want to strike early here. Sydney will probably take some time to shake off the rust accumulated over the last week and a half without a fixture. Victory also dominated the early parts of the game last time we clashed, but were unable to take advantage of their dominance. After playing in a high-intensity fixture on Sunday, it remains to be seen if they still have the legs for this. It would be a surprise if Muscat doesn't get them up for this one through. Particularly worrying is Berisha's record in big games and Antonis' recent form in midfield. 

 

Meanwhile the Sydney players have been giving interviews really playing on the Melbourne psyche, getting under our rivals' skin. I highly recommend reading this offering from Brosque:

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/sydney-s-big-blue-dominance-will-play-on-victory-s-mind-alex-brosque-20180423-p4zb8b.html

And this offering from Zullo:

  https://www.fourfourtwo.com.au/news/zullo-we-win-every-time-we-play-victory-489553

 

Head-to-Head

Played: 45

Won: 15

Drawn: 17

Lost: 13

 

Finals Head-to-Head

Played: 6

Won: 2

Drawn: 1

Lost: 3

 

League Form

Sydney: W-W-W-W-L

Victory: L-W-W-L-W

 

Previous Meeting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-21GX9IUDwo

 

Last 5 Results

13/4/18 - Sydney FC 1 - 0 Victory

26/1/18 - Victory 1 - 3 Sydney FC

7/10/17 - Victory 0 - 1 Sydney FC

7/5/17 - Sydney FC 1 (4) - (2) 1 - Victory

3/3/17 - Sydney FC 1 - 0 Victory

 

Squads

To be announced

 

Former Victory Players in Sydney Squad

None

Former Sydney Players in Victory Squad

  • Terry Antonis (2010-15)

 

League goalscorers 2017/18

  • Bobo - 27
  • Mierzejewski – 13
  • Ninkovic – 6
  • Brosque/Carney - 4
  • O'Neill/Simon - 2
  • Brillante/Ryall/Wilkshire/Zullo - 1

League yellow cards 2017/18

  • O'Neill/Wilkshire - 6
  • Ninkovic - 5
  • Brillante - 4
  • Mierzejewski/Brosque - 3
  • Buijs/Carney/Zullo/Bobo - 2
  • Simon/Retre/Wilkinson - 1
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Posted : April 24, 2018 5:54 pm WhatWouldTerryDo liked
pudi spencer
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Pumped for this game. I really want to see Berishtard's sorry face when we win (again).

Still waiting for Ticketek to email my tickets. The confirmation email on 18th April said they would be emailed within 72 hours. I assumed they were waiting for Sunday's game before sending them, but still nothing.

 

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Posted : April 24, 2018 8:51 pm
Sydney_Toffee
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Victory always seem to have periods of dominance against us when they should put us to the sword but don't which bites them on the ass when we run over them in the latter part of the match. I'm predicting some scary moments - they might even take the lead - but I have confidence that our quality and fitness (helped by the fact we've had a week off) will prove too much for them in the end. Come on Sydney! Let's fucking have it lads!!!!

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Posted : April 24, 2018 8:56 pm
WhatWouldTerryDo
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Posted by: pudi spencer

Pumped for this game. I really want to see Berishtard's sorry face when we win (again).

Still waiting for Ticketek to email my tickets. The confirmation email on 18th April said they would be emailed within 72 hours. I assumed they were waiting for Sunday's game before sending them, but still nothing.

 

Got mine this arvo.. was a PDF Ezyticket.

My Sydney FC channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/sydneyfc8209/videos

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Posted : April 24, 2018 8:58 pm
MouraG17
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pax farken!

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Posted : April 24, 2018 9:11 pm
CountArach
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Is anyone who has ordered an sms ticket able to access it yet? 

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Posted : April 24, 2018 9:13 pm
Clovis
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Posted by: CountArach

Is anyone who has ordered an sms ticket able to access it yet? 

Yes and No.  Via the SMS message link I was unable to access my mobile ticket but via the Ticketek app I went to the order history section and there I was able to access my mobile ticket, a mere eight days after selecting “the fastest way to receive my ticket” option.

Jean-Paul Sartre:  "In football, everything is complicated by the presence of the opposite team."

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Posted : April 24, 2018 11:54 pm
WhatWouldTerryDo
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Posted by: MouraG17

pax farken!

5038.

Bought Sunday night.

My Sydney FC channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/sydneyfc8209/videos

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Posted : April 25, 2018 7:33 am
CountArach
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Posted by: Clovis
Posted by: CountArach

Is anyone who has ordered an sms ticket able to access it yet? 

Yes and No.  Via the SMS message link I was unable to access my mobile ticket but via the Ticketek app I went to the order history section and there I was able to access my mobile ticket, a mere eight days after selecting “the fastest way to receive my ticket” option.

Cheers I'll try that. 

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Posted : April 25, 2018 8:12 am
Jaza
 Jaza
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Two games away from being the greatest in the league's history.


Posted by: Tommo But Matt Simon comes with the baggage of being Matt Simon so plenty of people just can't get into it.

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Posted : April 25, 2018 5:23 pm AlternativePM liked
CountArach
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Posted by: Jaza

Two games away from being the greatest in the league's history.

I mean, being honest, this team surely is already? It might just have an asterisk next to it. 

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Posted : April 25, 2018 5:30 pm
Jaza
 Jaza
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Such is the way of Australian football the asterisk means a bit.

I don't mind it. Different game now. Don't just be better, be mentally strong enough to handle expectation and deliver when there's no reason not to. A different kind of strength to round things out.


Posted by: Tommo But Matt Simon comes with the baggage of being Matt Simon so plenty of people just can't get into it.

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Posted : April 25, 2018 5:36 pm
anthom
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PAX 9679 purchased yesterday

Northern Suburbs Crew

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Posted : April 25, 2018 5:47 pm
[dM]
 [dM]
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Posted by: Jaza

Such is the way of Australian football the asterisk means a bit.

Which team has two seasons without an asterisk?

Roar didn't even back up their premiership, and then needed a Berisha dive to defend their championship.

This season was worse than last year, and we could've dropped five more points and still ended up with better points/game than Ange's best season.

It's not even close.

Sydney,
Is sky blue Sydney?
Is sky blue Sydney?
Is sky blue ...  ?

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Posted : April 25, 2018 6:51 pm
Rory Bunk
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Throw in the FFA cup winners + runners up in that time and if we win the GF it's 5 out if 6 domestic trophies over 2 years.

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Posted : April 25, 2018 7:42 pm
CountArach
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The FFA finally realised tickets to the Finals matches are too expensive and have dropped the lowest and second lowest category, including family tickets:

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/ffa-drops-ticket-prices-for-finals-in-response-to-poor-crowds-20180425-p4zbn9.html

Edited: 4 months  ago
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Posted : April 26, 2018 7:19 am
Yellamo
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Would be great if we could pull a similar crowd to last years Semi-Final of ~ 22k. Judging by current sentiment and overall league-wide crowds this year I'm guessing ~15k

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Posted : April 26, 2018 11:04 am
Yellamo
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Just looked a little further into the archives:

2015 Semi-Final v Adelaide: ~27k

2010 Semi-Final v Victory (over 2 legs): ~24k 

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Posted : April 26, 2018 11:16 am
shabby
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Fark. Its 2018, we up against these guys in a final Semi-final and everyone is still fucking talking about the fucking crowds! FARK!

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Posted : April 26, 2018 11:17 am
Yellamo
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Posted by: shabby

Fark. Its 2018, we up against these guys in a final Semi-final and everyone is still fucking talking about the fucking crowds! FARK!

Nothing like a (semi)full Allianz to get the boys over the line!

Back to football - assume Victory will come out very strong and try to impose their physicality on us as they historically do. If we are able to weather this early on and warm into the game then we should get the result over the 90mins.

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Posted : April 26, 2018 11:24 am
shabby
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I think the pattern against Victory has been that we are able to absorb a lot of pressure early. Sometimes we've ridden our luck, but I have to suspect that this is an intentional tactic - its been done too consistently and been too successful for it not to be.

I'm really curious to see if Muscat can change tactics, or if they continue to come out at a million miles an hour and fizz out after half an hour. Are they even capable of playing another way?  

For us, this game could be mentally quite tricky. End of the season - we've had a bit of a low patch a few weeks back, then gotten ourselves back on track, done the back to back premierships, then had a bit of rollercoaster exit from the ACL. Then bit of a break... I hope the boys are switched on.

 

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Posted : April 26, 2018 11:39 am
Rory Bunk
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That "go at us" works to a point. Problem for them is that they haven't taken their chances, which have often been very good ones (e.g. Berisha's early miss last time).

I'm worried that we'll do the usual tortoise out of the blocks routine and they actually manage to finish a couple of chances, or we make a sloppy mistake or two, as happened with Brisbane. 

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Posted : April 26, 2018 12:25 pm
shabby
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Posted by: Rory Bunk

That "go at us" works to a point. Problem for them is that they haven't taken their chances, which have often been very good ones (e.g. Berisha's early miss last time).

I'm worried that we'll do the usual tortoise out of the blocks routine and they actually manage to finish a couple of chances, or we make a sloppy mistake or two, as happened with Brisbane. 

I guess it works, to the extent that it doesn't really seem to work... as far as winning games goes... 

Remember, in the Grand Final they did score early and continue to play a very high tempo and push for the second. So it worked in the sense that they got a goal. But as a tactic over 90-120 mins it hasn't been successful for them. You simply can't afford to exhaust yourself to get a lead and then try to hold on for potentially 90+ mins. 

 

Edited: 4 months  ago
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Posted : April 26, 2018 12:56 pm
Yellamo
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Posted by: shabby
Posted by: Rory Bunk

That "go at us" works to a point. Problem for them is that they haven't taken their chances, which have often been very good ones (e.g. Berisha's early miss last time).

I'm worried that we'll do the usual tortoise out of the blocks routine and they actually manage to finish a couple of chances, or we make a sloppy mistake or two, as happened with Brisbane. 

I guess it works, to the extent that it doesn't really seem to work... as far as winning games goes... 

Remember, in the Grand Final they did score early and continue to play a very high tempo and push for the second. So it worked in the sense that they got a goal. But as a tactic over 90-120 mins it hasn't been successful for them. You simply can't afford to exhaust yourself to get a lead and then try to hold on for potentially 90+ mins. 

 

We definitely have the players now who can absorb pressure while on the ball (Ninko, Adrian) and when in defense (O'Neill and Brillante). This is in contrast to where we were at in 2015 for the 3-0 loss against them in the GF where they executed this same game plan to success.

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Posted : April 26, 2018 1:12 pm
Rory Bunk
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Posted by: shabby
Posted by: Rory Bunk

That "go at us" works to a point. Problem for them is that they haven't taken their chances, which have often been very good ones (e.g. Berisha's early miss last time).

I'm worried that we'll do the usual tortoise out of the blocks routine and they actually manage to finish a couple of chances, or we make a sloppy mistake or two, as happened with Brisbane. 

I guess it works, to the extent that it doesn't really seem to work... as far as winning games goes... 

Remember, in the Grand Final they did score early and continue to play a very high tempo and push for the second. So it worked in the sense that they got a goal. But as a tactic over 90-120 mins it hasn't been successful for them. You simply can't afford to exhaust yourself to get a lead and then try to hold on for potentially 90+ mins. 

 

That's a fair point. Luckily for us (and something which hasn't helped us when trying to scale up to the ACL) A-League teams are abysmal at disciplined defending when circumstances call for it. The danger for us, as seen against Brisbane, is if those slow opening 20-30 mins see us concede twice rather than the one goal we can usually overcome.

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Posted : April 26, 2018 1:22 pm
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