Sydney FC Destined for A-League Glory Next Season?
- Updated: July 24, 2018
Sydney FC were the strongest football team in Australia last season, finishing top of the regular season table by 14 points. Unfortunately, things didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t exactly go to plan during the playoffs though and Melbourne Victory was eventually crowned A-League champions for 2017/18. But that was then and this is now Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Sydney FC are primed to make amends for their shortcomings in the postseason.
Key Figures Must Step Up to the Plate
On paper, Graham ArnoldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s side are a class above their rivals and it wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be a huge surprise to see Sydney FC run riot next season. Club captain Alex Brosque is very influential, both on and off the pitch. Capped 21 times by Australia, Brosque is approaching 200 games for Sydney in two separate stints and he can inspire the club to push on and challenge for supremacy in the playoffs in 2018/19.
Sydney goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne is another key figure for the Sky Blues. One of the most decorated players at the club, Redmayne is a three-time A-League Premiership winner and three-time A-League Championship winner. He is calm and composed and his relaxed attitude should help a few of the younger players to settle. Fantasy gamers, consider a move for the Sydney goalkeeper ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Fast Start Necessary In Improving A-League
The Sky Blues will feature in the opening match of the 2018/19 A-League season; an away trip to Adelaide United offers the ideal opportunity to send out a statement of intent. Three points against the defending champions on their own patch will raise a few eyebrows and plenty of punters will be expecting big things from Sydney in that fixture. A dominant effort will sit well with supporters.
Currently valued at 4/1 to win the title in A-League betting odds, Sydney are well-fancied to continue their excellent run in this competition. The Sky Blues fell short in the playoffs last year but it would be foolish to write ArnoldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s side off ahead of the new season. Sydney will be looking to use that disappointment as fuel for success this term. Write the 2017/18 regular season champions off at your perilÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Sydney to Get Over Agonising 2017/18 Playoff Defeat
Melbourne Victory will head into the campaign as the Ã¢â‚¬Å“team to beatÃ¢â‚¬Â though after winning the title last season. That 3-2 defeatÃ‚Â in extra-time still haunts Sky Blues fans and the club will be determined to make amends in the coming months. Without a shadow of a doubt, the A-League is getting better and all signs point towards a competitive season at the top of the table.
Sydney FC will not have everything their own way next season but Graham ArnoldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s men are well placed to win the Australian title. The Sky Blues finished 14 points clear of nearest challengers Newcastle Jets in 2017/18 but the playoff title eluded their grasp. More success looks likely this campaign but postseason glory is an absolute must. Watch this space, Sydney could win everything on offer.