悉尼FC Sydney FC
- Paddy Power夺冠赔率：5.50
Last Season: 5th
Manager: Graham Arnold
Preferred formation/s: 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2
IN - Alex Brosque (From Al Ain), Alex Gersbach (From Australian Institute of Sport), Bernie Ibini (On loan from Shanghai East Asia), Marc Janko (From Trabzonspor), Shane Smeltz (From Perth Glory)
OUT - Joel Chianese (Signed with Sydney United (NPL NSW)), Alessandro Del Piero (Released), Ranko Despotovic (Released), Richard Garcia (Signed with Minnesota United (NASL)), Mitchell Mallia (Signed with Blacktown City (NPL NSW)), Terry McFlynn (Retired), Blake Powell (Signed with APIA Leichhardt (NPL NSW)), Matt Thompson (Signed with Marconi Stallions (NPL NSW)), Marc Warren (Signed with APIA Leichhardt (NPL NSW))
Team summary: Following an unsuccessful stint with J-League club Vegalta Sendai, former Mariners boss Graham Arnold is back home to steer the wayward Sky Blues on the right course - that's the plan anyway. In the last few seasons, under the stewardship of Frank Farina and the arrival of Alessandro Del Piero, Sydney FC has been akin to a media circus rather than a football club. ADP was fantastic for bringing worldwide exposure to the A-League and getting bums on seats but from a pure football perspective, the team suffered greatly on the pitch. With ADP jetting out to play in the Indian Premier League and Farina given the chop, Sydney FC can now concentrate on all matters football.
Conclusion: Arnold has made some shrewd signings in the transfer window - led by current Austria captain, Marc Janko, a major coup for an A-League club. Old favourite, Alex Brosque returns to the club after stints in Japan and the UAE while Ibini and Smeltz are other notable acquisitions. Looking at their squad, they do have the quality to beat any side in the competition on their day. They look a little thin in the defensive department and perhaps lack a bit of pace in the central areas (with Petkovic and Ognenovski) but I expect them to comfortably finish in the top 6. If Arnold can work his magic in the January transfer window and boost his defensive ranks, then a strong title challenge is not beyond them.
Predicted finish: 6th
悉尼FC上季不算是强队，但当被看好时往往没有令人失望，上季共7次开出让球上盘，当中6次都能赢波赢盘而回。此外球队还有另一个特色，就是上半场通常都能定胜负 - 上季9次半场落后全负，而10次半场领先，则有9仗赢到尾。