There will be a feeling of disappointment amongst the Melbourne Victory players having failed to take any points away from their recent 3-1 away defeat at the hands of Perth Glory. Their share of possession in that meeting was 51, while racking up 15 shots along the way, 3 of which were on target, in contrast to Perth Glory, who had 12 shots on goal with 8 on target.
Tony Popović will be quite satisfied with his squad's offensive prowess in recent performances. They have managed to notch up 4 goals from their last 6 outings. However, the manager will know they have work to do at the back where they have let in 8 goals and, as a result, lost some important points. Finding the net regularly has been an issue for them in their home stadium, with zero goals scored in 4 of their last 6 matches. They are in some turmoil defensively at the moment and have been unable to record a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 games.
They have been on a bad run over their last 6 league matches, with 4 defeats and only 1 victory, so they know full well that a change of form is needed if they want to begin moving up the league table.
The 1-0 away defeat to Western United will not have sat easily with the Sydney FC squad, who would not have been pleased to squander all three points. They came away from that fixture with a 55% share of the possession and clocked up 16 attempts on goal with 7 on target, in comparison to Western United, who managed 15 attempts on goal, 6 of which were on target.
It's reasonable to say they have enjoyed some decent goal scoring form of late, with 5 goals notched up in their last 6 matches, but while their offensive line is working, their defensive setup has shown cause for concern with 9 goals shipped and valuable points dropped. On their travels, they have made a habit of scoring goals, having found the net in 5 of their last 6 outings away from home. Having shipped at least a single goal in 12 of their 13 league matches this season, they don't have an enviable defensive record this campaign.
It's been a bad run of form of late for them, having racked up 4 losses and only a single victory in their last 6 league matches, so they'll need to turn things around if they want to start climbing the table.
Róbert Mak will be keen to get his name on the scoresheet against Melbourne Victory in this match, having already scored 2 goals in his last 6 away games for Sydney FC.
Melbourne Victory vs Sydney FC Head to head
It was one to forget for Sydney FC last time they met Melbourne Victory in the league, falling to a 2-3 defeat.
The Sky Blues will be confident of finding the net in this one against Victory, with an impressive scoring record of at least 1 goal in their previous 19 encounters between the two sides. Victory have struggled to keep Sydney at bay when these two teams have met at AAMI Park, during the last 3 times they have hosted Sydney in the league, they have conceded a total of 9 goals.
In the last 2 league meetings between the teams, Victory has taken all 3 points and has not lost to Sydney in 3 games.
Sydney man Adam Le Fondre will be confident about extending his scoring record against Victory, having hit the netting 4 times in the last 5 times they have met in the league.
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