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A-League: Sydney FC Focus

Sydney FC will be out to end their Championship drought when they begin the 2023/24 A-League campaign this week.

They are the most successful club in the history of the A-League when winning the grand final five times, but they have not tasted success for a few years.

Sydney FC last won the Championship in 2019/20, beating Perth Glory in the grand final, but have slipped down the ladder since then.

There were signs of improvement last season when they returned to finals, but it is silverware coach Steve Corica and the club crave.

Let’s take a look at Sydney FC as they head into the new season.

A-League history

Sydney FC have a very proud history in the A-League and have become the most successful and most supported team in the competition.

They won the Championship in 2006, 2010, 2017, 2019 and 2020, finishing runners-up in 2015 and 2021.

Sydney FC also completed the Premiership/Championship double in the 2016/17 and 2019/20 campaigns.

However things have not quite gone to plan in recent seasons and in the 2021/22 campaign, Sydney FC missed out on the top six altogether.

There were signs of improvement in 2022/23 when returning to finals, but they could not go all the way, and lost to Melbourne City in the semi-finals.

Sydney FC can be backed at 7.00 to go further this season by winning the grand final.

Corica’s men can also be backed at 6.50 to finish the top of the pile at the end of the season and claim the minor premiership.

Sydney FC transfers

There have been some big departures from Sydney FC in the close season, with the legendary Alex Wilkinson retiring from the game, while top striker Adam Le Fondre has also moved on.

Le Fondre has been integral to Sydney FC’s recent successes but now plays his football with Hibernian in Scotland.

Alex Parsons, Thomas Heward-Belle, Paulo Retre, James Donachie and Diego Caballo have also moved on.

Even so, Sydney have been busy bringing in replacements and will be delighted to have brought Joel King back to the club following his spell with Odense FK.

Sydney have also pulled of what they hope will be a successful signing, with Brazilian attacker Fabio Gomes arriving from Atletico Mineiro.

The 26-year-old has an eye for goal and his job will be to fill the void left by Le Fondre. He can be backed at 11.00 to be the A-League’s Top Goalscorer.

The Sky Blues are also ready to give youth a chance with academy stars Gus Hoefsloot, Zac De Jesus, Matt Scarcella and Mitch Glasson all landing scholarship deals.

Big Blue to get campaign underway

Sydney FC begin the season with one of the most iconic games in the history of the A-League – the ‘Big Blue’ against arch rivals Melbourne Victory.

The game will take place at Allianz Stadium on Saturday, and Sydney are priced at 2.00 to win, with Victory available at 3.40. The draw is 3.75.

Sydney FC face Brisbane Roar the week after, followed by two huge games, both against sides who are expected to be up there, Melbourne City and Adelaide United.

They will wrap up the month of November with another huge game, the derby against Western Sydney Wanderers.

All in all it is a tough start to the season and could go a long way to deciding how they go this season.

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