The A-League is back in action with another round of games this weekend as Adelaide United take on Sydney FC at the Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday. Both teams have been impressive this season and have a point to prove in this game.
Adelaide United are in fourth place in the A-League standings at the moment and have recovered from a slow start to their campaign. The home side edged Melbourne Victory to a 1-0 victory last week and will want a similar result from this match.
Sydney FC, on the other hand, find themselves in second place in the league table and have been impressive this season. The reigning champions edged local rivals Western Sydney Wanderers to a 1-0 victory in their previous game and will be confident ahead of this fixture.
Adelaide United vs Sydney FC Head-to-Head
Sydney FC have a marginal advantage over Adelaide United and have won 22 games out of a total of 54 matches played between the two teams. Adelaide United have managed 21 victories against Sydney FC and will want to level the scales this weekend.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place earlier this year and ended in a hard-fought 2-2 draw. Both teams committed errors on the day and will need to be more robust on Saturday.
Adelaide United form guide in the A-League: W-L-W-L-D
Sydney FC form guide in the A-League: W-W-W-D-L
Adelaide United vs Sydney FC Team News
Ryan Kitto, Yared Abetew, and Nathan Konstandopoulos are currently injured and will be unable to play a part in this fixture. Adelaide United were impressive against Melbourne Victory and are unlikely to make drastic changes to their team.
Injured: Ryan Kitto, Yared Abetew, Nathan Konstandopoulos
Adam Pavlesic was involved in a sickening clash in the AFC Champions League in December but has made progress with his recovery and is available for selection. Christopher Zuvela remains injured, however, and will be excluded from the squad.
Injured: Christopher Zuvela
Adelaide United vs Sydney FC Predicted XI
Adelaide United Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): James Delianov; Noah Smith, Michael Jakobsen, Jordan Elsey, Ryan Strain; Joe Caletti, Louis D'Arrigo; Yaya Dukuly, Stefan Mauk, Ben Halloran; Tomi Juric
Sydney FC Predicted XI (4-4-2): Tom Heward-Belle; Joel King, Ben Warland, Alex Wilkinson, Rhyan Grant; Luke Brattan, Alexander Baumjohann, Milos Ninkovic, Anthony Caceres; Luke Ivanovic, Bobo
Adelaide United vs Sydney FC Prediction
Sydney FC have found their feet in the A-League over the past month and will be intent on retaining their crown this season. The reigning champions have a few issues to address and will need to be at their best in this match.
Adelaide United have been inconsistent in recent weeks and will need to play out of their skins in this game. Sydney FC are the better team at the moment and should be able to win this match.
Prediction: Adelaide United 1-2 Sydney FC