Melbourne Heart are in desperate need of a win after slumping to a third loss in a row on Wednesday night.
John van ‘t Schip’s men were their own worst enemies against the Wellington Phoenix, missing a host of chances which was, in the end, their downfall.
The fledgling club will want to turn things around fairly soon before their debut season starts to get away from them and what a better way to do it than at home against the reigning champions.
Clint Bolton may be joined in the Heart line-up by the returning Simon Colosimo and John Aloisi which will add to the occasion as they were the three lynchpins in Sydney’s Championship win last season.
Over in the Sky Blues camp, things would be fairly positive following their 2-0 win over Perth Glory last weekend and the form of striker Alex Brosque will have coach Vitezslav Lavicka brimming. The overall situation of the club is much better now than it was about five weeks ago and a positive result here would get things moving further in an upwards direction.
But the Heart are unlikely to lose four on the trot and I am tipping them to hit back here with a much-needed victory.
Verdict: Heart 2-1
Melbourne Heart vs. Sydney FC
Date: Saturday, 27 November 2010
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Local kick-off: 8:15pm
Referee: Alan Milliner
Match fact: Terry McFlynn is set to play his 110th Hyundai A-League match for Sydney FC, which would make him the club's leading player in terms of Hyundai A-League appearances, putting him ahead of Sydney FC’s former goalkeeper Clint Bolton (109 appearances for Sydney FC).
Melbourne Heart squad: 1. Clint BOLTON, 2. Michael MARRONE, 3. Brendan HAMILL, 4. Simon COLOSIMO, 5. Michael BEAUCHAMP, 9. Gerald SIBON, 10. Wayne SRHOJ, 11. Alex TERRA, 12. Peter ZOIS, 15. John ALOISI, 16. Aziz BEHICH, 17. Jason HOFFMAN, 20. Josip SKOKO, 21. Kliment TASESKI, 22. Nick KALMAR, 23. Dean HEFFERNAN, 25. Adrian ZAHRA *two to be omitted*
In: Simon COLOSIMO (returns from injury), John ALOISI (returns from rest), Dean HEFFERNAN (returns from illness)
Out: Matt THOMPSON (suspended – 1 week)
Unavailable: Rutger WORM (groin 2-3 weeks), Eli BABALJ (hip and thigh 6-8 weeks), Kamal IBRAHIM (quad 2-4 weeks), Ante TOMIC (hip 3-4 weeks)
Sydney FC squad: 1. Liam REDDY (gk), 2. Sebastian RYALL, 3. Stephan KELLER, 5. Hayden FOXE, 6. Hirofumi MORIYASU, 7. Brendan GAN, 8. Stuart MUSIALIK, 9. Bruno CAZARINE, 11. Kofi DANNING, 12. Shannon COLE, 14. Alex BROSQUE, 15. Terry MCFLYNN (c), 16. Terry ANTONIS, 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 21. Scott JAMIESON, 22. Sung-Hwan BYUN, 23. Rhyan GRANT, 24. Dimitri PETRATOS *three to be omitted*
In: Terry ANTONIS (promoted), Kofi DANNING (promoted), Brendan GAN (promoted)
Unavailable: Nicky Carle (Back – 4 Weeks)