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​Can Sydney FC Be Beaten This Season?

Down two defenders ahead of their derby clash with West Sydney, now would be a good time to do it.

by Jed Smith
12 January 2017, 11:15pm

Sydney FC have broken all kinds of records on their way to 14 games without defeat in the A-League this season. Tomorrow night they line up against cross-town rivals the Western Sydney Wanderers in the traditionally spiteful derby. Down two key defenders in Matt Jurman, who was released to join a club in South Korea, and Seb Ryall who was injured in last week's win over Central Coast, it is shaping up as the best chance yet Sydney FC have of being beaten.

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold revealed yesterday he might be forced to dip into the under 20s squad to replace Jurman and Ryall.

"We have some fantastic under-20 kids - Patrick Flottman and George Timotheou are international players and have been waiting for their chance for a long, long time," he said, adding that ultimately "defence starts from the front."

"We have conceded seven goals in 14 games and in many of those games (goalkeeper) Danny Vukovic hasn't had to make a save. The same will happen on Saturday night."

Speaking to Vice Sports last month, form Sydney defender Rhyan Grant had put their record-breaking season down to the strong bond between players on and off the field.

"I think everyone is getting along really well this year, we've got a great bunch of dudes, especially the new guys that came in they've fitted in straight away. Everyone is getting on like a house on fire so it's been a great start. Hopefully we can continue that," he said.