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Sydney FC going for an unbeaten league season

Friday 10th February 2017
Down under, in the A-League there's one team completely dominating the division. Their successes have seen them go unbeaten in the league campaign, with just eight games to play. Sydney will now be looking to go the whole season without suffering a single defeat.

The Sky Blues have played nineteen games of their twenty-seven match season and looked tremendous throughout. Fourteen wins five draws and not a single loss. The kind of unbeaten form reminiscent of both Preston North End and Arsenal before them.

Unsurprisingly, this form has propelled the side to the top of the A-League table as they look to win their second Premier title and set them up perfectly for the Grand Series. Side note for people not au fait with the A-League system; the campaign has two separate titles – the Premier which is awarded to the team who top the table at the end of the season; and then the Grand Series winners. The top six teams in the league participate in a post-season competition to determine the Grand Series winners.

Head coach Graham Arnold deserves a lot of credit for this, his incoming transfer activity has allowed the team to reach these unbeaten heights.  The capture of former Grêmio forward, Bobô, has been sensational.  The Brazilian has scored eight goals himself and assisted a further nine for the team. These stats have made him one of the league's most valuable players. At the other end of the pitch, goalkeeper Vuković was obtained on free from Melbourne Victory. The Australian keeper has been by far the league's best keeper, having kept the most clean sheets by a country mile.
Bobô scoring an important goal in the Sydney Derby.

As well as the incoming players, Alex Brosque has been revitalised this season – having already beaten his goal tally for last season; as a result of enjoying much more exposure to the first team – having struggled in the last campaign,

In addition to their senior team, Sydney have also received praise from the league body about the development of their youth players, especially Brandon O'Neil and Joshua Brillante. The latter has made several appearances for the first team.

Exterior to the league; Sydney reached the final of FFA Cup where they met Melbourne City. The final itself wasn't much of a match to remember but will go down as a pivotal game due to the outcome. Melbourne City lifted the cup at AMII park, as Sydney FC experienced their only domestic competition defeat of the season.

With only eight games remaining; there's a real probability that the Sky Blues will go the duration of the league campaign without suffering a single defeat.  Three of the eight games could be challenging as the team have to play Melbourne City both home and away. Given that the City Group's side is the only team to beat them in a domestic competition, the team could theoretically beat them again.

The hardest game remaining could be the home game against Melbourne Victory, who are second in the league. The previous two encounters have been very close affairs, with Sydney having to come from behind – but eventually winning 2-1 each time.
Footage from one of the previous meetings between Sydney and the Victory.

Whether they see the season out as invincible or not, nothing will take away their exceptional campaign so far. However, this accolade must have the Sydney FC contingent drooling as they vie to make Australian football history.
Warren Smith

A British and J.League soccer enthusiast, now local to Yokohama, Japan. A keen Arsenal supporter. Has been known to play the game every once in awhile, once likened to Xherdan Shaqiri. 


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