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A-League Round 20 (split round, week 1) Fixtures and Preview - Sydney FC and Melbourne City clash in top three battle

Andrew Hendrie 5 Feb 2018
  • A-League Round 20 fixtures and preview
  • City and Sydney clash in match of the first split round
City and Sydney clash on Saturday night

Melbourne City play host to competition leaders Sydney FC on Saturday night in a blockbuster showdown in the first week of the A-League split Round 20 action.

The first split round of the 2017/18 A-League season takes place this weekend, with Melbourne Victory facing Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City squaring off against Sydney FC.

Victory and Brisbane are both coming into this encounter on the back of last-start losses, and with a week off next week, they will be determined to claim all three points and some momentum before going into the short break.

It’s a vital game for both sides, with Victory’s 2-0 loss to the Jets last week seeing them drop to fifth spot and a whipping 11 points behind second-placed Newcastle, while Brisbane’s defeat to City saw them remain on 19 points, three behind the Wanderers in sixth spot.

Win and Brisbane could come to within just four points of Victory, but lose and they will face a big uphill battle to play finals football this season.

Meanwhile, City will go to within one point of second-placed Newcastle (at least for a week) if they can upset dominant reigning champions Sydney.

City dug deep to come from behind to beat Brisbane on Sunday night - their first win at Suncorp since 2014 - and they will have to go to another level if they are going to topple the competition leaders, with Sydney appearing unstoppable at the moment and coming into this fixture on the back of a crushing 4-0 triumph over Wellington.

A-League Round 20 (week 1) Fixtures


Friday February 9

Melbourne Victory vs Brisbane Roar

Saturday February 10

Melbourne City vs Sydney FC

Friday February 16

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Newcastle Jets

Saturday February 17

Wellington Phoenix vs Perth Glory
Adelaide United vs Central Coast Mariners


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A-League Round 20 (split round, week 1) Fixtures and Preview - Sydney FC and Melbourne City clash in top three battle

Melbourne City play host to competition leaders Sydney FC on Saturday night in a blockbuster showdown in the first week of the A-League split Round 20 action.

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