Currently stuck to the bottom of the table, the Sky Blues have been in all sorts so far this term and after a week off will be fully charged to take down a team they have failed to beat in three meetings.
Gold Coast definitely have the wood over Sydney, winning all three matches last season but with their backs against the wall and the inclusion of skipper Terry McFlynn and key striker Alex Brosque, the Sky Blues are capable of hitting back.
If they lose this one, their title defence will take a massive hit but I feel they are due for some luck and can get the much-needed points despite the fact that United have not conceded in three matches.
Verdict: Sydney 1-0
Sydney FC vs. Gold Coast United
Date: Sunday, 26 September 2010
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Local Kick-Off: 3:00pm
Head-to-Head: All matches (played 3): Sydney FC wins 0, Gold Coast United wins 3 (0 draws)
Referee: Ben Williams
Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 3, FS3 HD & delayed on Sky Sport 1 (NZ). To purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au
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, 12.Shannon COLE, 14.Alex BROSQUE, 15.Terry MCFLYNN (c), 17.Matt JURMAN, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 21.Scott JAMIESON, 22.Sung-Hwan BYUN *one to be omitted*
In: Brendan GAN (promoted), Alex BROSQUE (return from injury), Terry MCFLYNN (return from injury)
Out: Kofi DANNING (international duty), Antony GOLEC (international duty), Terry ANTONIS (international duty), Rhyan GRANT (international duty)
Unavailable: Nicky CARLE (toe – 2 weeks)
Gold Coast United squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Steve PANTELIDIS, 3.Michael THWAITE, 5.ROBSON, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Zenon CARAVELLA, 10.Jason CULINA (c), 11.Bruce DJITE, 13.Bas VAN DEN BRINK, 16.Kristian REES, 19.Andrew BARISIC, 20.Scott HIGGINS (gk), 21.Golgol MEBRAHTU, 22.Adama TRAORE, 23.Steve FITZSIMMONS, 24.John CURTIS, 25.Chris BROADFOOT *three to be omitted*
In: Kristian REES, Golgol MEBRAHTU (promoted), Chris HAROLD (promoted)
Unavailable: Daniel Piorkowski (ankle injury – 4 weeks), Matt Osman (knee injury – indefinite), Joel Porter (hamstring injury – 1 week). Anderon (calf injury - 3 weeks)