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Australian Football: Melbourne City v Sydney FC preview

A place in the 2023 A-League grand final is on the line when Melbourne City and Sydney FC clash in the semi-final second-leg on Friday night.

And it could not be any tighter heading into the game as the two sides fought out a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium. 

Melbourne will fancy their chances of getting the job done on home soil, but Sydney have shown they can win on the road this season and will also have faith in their own ability. 

There is very little to choose between the two sides and we look set to be in for an exciting second leg at AAMI Park. 

The winner will face either Adelaide United or Central Coast Mariners in the final, so the stakes could not be higher.

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WhatMelbourne City v Sydney FC
WhereAAMI Park, Melbourne
When19:45 (AEST) Friday 19th May, 2023
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, Paramount+, 10Bold
OddsMelbourne City 1.85, Draw 3.80, Sydney FC 4.00

Melbourne City will be very confident of booking their place in the A-League grand final as their home stadium of AAMI Park has been a fortress in 2023. 

They did not lose one of their 13 games at home in the regular season, winning 10 of them and drawing three. 

The fact that only three teams managed to leave AAMI Park with something to show for their efforts says a lot. 

Sydney FC were one of the teams to leave with nothing, although they did put up a fight in a 3-2 defeat. 

There is a good chance the second leg will be a lot more open than the first leg. This is it, do or die, and we could be in for another high-scoring affair. Over 2.5 goals to be scored in the game can be backed at 1.57.  

Melbourne City have goal threats all over the park as was proven in the first leg at Allianz Stadium, when for once Jamie Maclaren failed to hit the back of the net. 

Fellow Socceroos ace Mathew Leckie stepped up to get the crucial opening goal, his seventh of the season so far. He also has five assists to his name and is sure to be a threat to the Sydney FC defence. 

City do have one early injury concern heading into the game. Aiden O’Neill had been suffering from back spasms but City are hopeful he will be ready for the second leg.

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Sydney have nothing to fear 

The statistics may be stacked against them, but Sydney FC should have nothing to fear heading into the second leg. 

Melbourne may be undefeated on home soil this season, and Sydney may not have beaten them on their own patch in five years, but this is finals football and anything can happen. 

Sydney are bang in form and should be full of confidence, despite finishing a massive 17 points behind Melbourne City at the end of the regular season. 

This is a one-off game and Sydney appear to have peaked at just the right time as they are unbeaten in the last seven games. 

In Adam Le Fondre they have one of the best strikers in the A-League and he has the habit of scoring when it matters the most. 

Le Fondre scored from the penalty spot in the first leg and also grabbed the winner in the elimination final against Western Sydney Wanderers. 

Coach Steve Corica says his side hold no fear and has not ruled out the game going to extra time and even penalties to decide it. The game to be decided in extra time can be backed at 6.50. To be decided after penalties is 7.00

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