Can’t get to a television? Harvey Norman’s Friday Night Football clash between Melbourne Heart v Sydney FC will be streamed LIVE at 7:30pm in the Match Centre.
Can’t get to a television? Don’t worry, Harvey Norman’s Friday Night Football clash between Melbourne Heart v Sydney FC will be streamed LIVE at 7:30pm in the Match Centre.
Melbourne Heart will be hoping to rectify their lack of presence in front of goal this season.
They have played some fantastic passing football so far, and will be looking to add the finishing touch to some of their moves in front of their home support at AAMI Park.
Sydney FC meanwhile face Victorian opposition for the second consecutive week. They defeated Melbourne Victory in a classic Big Blue last weekend, getting up 3-2, with all the goals scored in the first half.
Sydney FC’s marquee man, Alessandro Del Piero will play, but unfortunately for Heart, Harry Kewell will be missing because of injury.
The action will be LIVE in our Match Centre, click here at 7:30pm to watch the stream.
Head to head:
Played: 9 – Wins: Heart 3, Sydney 1, Draws: 5
Heart 3-1 Sydney, February 24 2013
Past five matches:
The Heart could use what Sydney managed last week – a win – to ease the pressure on a coach under growing scrutiny. John Aloisi’s men are winless this season and their last victory came in February – at home to the Sky Blues. Frank Farina was under pressure heading into his side’s clash against the Melbourne Victory, but they came away with a hard-fought 3-2 win despite playing over an hour with 10 men. The Heart are also without a goal in their past three matches and have scored in just one game this campaign. Aloisi and the Heart desperately need a win or the pressure will only grow.
The big issue:
Heart – scoring goals by finishing chances. Aloisi is adamant and right when he says his side are creating enough opportunities to win matches, but if they continue to miss the target their goalless run will continue. Malta international Michael Mifsud has threatened, as have David Williams, Golgol Mebrahtu and Iain Ramsay, but the Heart need goals and they need to test the opposition goalkeeper more often.
Sydney – just whether the Sky Blues can reproduce a similar performance to the one they managed against arch-rivals the Victory. After left-back Marc Warren was sent off, Sydney scored a penalty through Alessandro Del Piero and then held on resolutely as the Victory were unable to break them down. The performance came as the pressure on coach Farina grew and they need to build on the emotionally and physically draining win.
The game breaker:
Alessandro Del Piero – the Italian superstar celebrated his 39th birthday with a winning goal against the Victory. He was fouled 12 times during the clash and has drawn criticism for going to ground too easily. It was his clever body positioning which drew many of the fouls and he showed his class throughout. Del Piero may be yet to reach peak fitness, but his ability to break games open in the attacking third makes him dangerous.