This could turn out to be an exciting encounter when the Sky Blues take on the Mariners at Allianz Stadium.
Several former Sydney FC players now play for the Central Coast including Ivan Necesvki, Mikael Tavares and Jacques Faty who were all shown the door by coach Graham Arnold at the end of last season. The trio will no doubt have something to prove.
The Mariners began their season by turning a few heads in their 3-3 draw against Perth while Sydney's campaign couldn't have started any better as they won the Derby 4-0.
Central Coast were the worst team in the league last season and a lot of that had to do with their efforts on the road. They secured just one win and two draws from their 14 road trips which destroyed any chance they had to build momentum.
Those troubles playing away from Gosford were highlighted in the first half in Perth last week as the home side racked up a 3-nil half-time lead.
While the Mariners of old would have folded, this new look side under coach Paul Okon roared back to claim a share of the points. The main point here is their away form has seen them leak an average of 3.1 goals per game.
Sydney have won their last four matches (including FFA Cup games) which is definitely what Graham Arnold would've wanted to see this time in.
Attack has been a big part of their recent success and it was on display for all to see last week. Import Bobo scored the second goal while Brandon O’Neill showed off his skills by dispatching a free-kick to kill off the game. They are laden with attacking options and are averaging three goals a game (3 x FFA Cup games, 1 x A-league).
What is even more imposing is the fact the Sky Blues have kept four consecutive clean sheets in those wins.
HOW IT PANS OUT
Sydney FC return to Allianz where they will be hoping to improve on their poor record at home last season (4w, 4D, 5L).
Already this season they have shown they will be a far better outfit than last year, with the likes of Bobo adding some much needed attacking flair while the addition of Danny Vukovic in goals cannot be underestimated. He kept the game out of the reach of Wanderers with some point blank saves when it mattered.
With the Mariners coming back from a Perth campaign, it might be a bit much to expect them to hold this exciting Sydney FC side in check. The Sky Blues are unbeaten six games against the Mariners.
Sydney FC - look too strong here.
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Go the Overs as there should be plenty of opportunity to score, especially for the Sky Blues