The Lowdown: Sydney FC v Melbourne City

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Sydney FC v Melbourne City. 

Friday, 7:40pm at Allianz Stadium.

Live on Fox Sports 4 and SBS.

Twitter: SYDvMCY

Odds: Sydney FC $1.80, Melbourne City $4, Draw $3.50

Five to watch:

1. Marc Janko (Sydney).

Sydney’s man of the moment just can’t stop scoring. He’s hit the back of the net in his past seven games and broke a club record for most goals in a season. Another hat-trick this week and he will equal that of the league’s.

2. Robert Koren (Melbourne).

Melbourne City’s marquee has the ability to change a match. He doesn’t shy away from the physicality and adds much needed creativity to his side’s play.

3. Milos Dimitrijevic (Sydney).

The classy central midfielder has perhaps the best first touch in the competition, so expect a few moments of magic.

4. Josh Kennedy (Melbourne).

The towering centre forward will be looking to capitalise on the error-ridden defence of Sydney FC in recent weeks, so don’t be surprised to see his name on the scoresheet.

5. Bernie Ibini (Sydney).

Sydney’s winger is hitting some form whilst not the back of the net. He’s growing more comfortable with each game in his role out wide and will torment City’s defence.

In the dug-out. 

Graham Arnold. Despite steering a resurgence after the January break, Arnold is not happy with the defence of his side despite their nine game unbeaten streak. Sturdying the backline was the focus in training this week, so anything less than a significant improvement won’t be tolerated by the coach.

John Van’t Schip. The Dutch coach is under pressure at City and is at risk of failing to qualify for the top six. Although in sixth spot now, they have played two more games than Brisbane so need to win to have a hope of making the finals.

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