Sky Blues ready to say ‘ooroo’ to Reds hoodoo

REACHING FOR THE SKY: Matt Jurman is confident the Sky Blues can overcome Adelaide United in tonight’s final.
REACHING FOR THE SKY: Matt Jurman is confident the Sky Blues can overcome Adelaide United in tonight’s final. GETTY IMAGES

SYDNEY FC defender Matt Jurman is adamant tonight's A-League semi-final opponent Adelaide United does not have the wood on his team.

The Reds have not lost in their past six A-League meetings with the Sky Blues, winning four of them and keeping a clean sheet in each of the past three during the current season.

Sydney FC drew 0-all against Adelaide United back in November, before suffering 3-0 and 1-0 defeats.

But Jurman, who was a part of Brisbane's championship-winning squad in the 2011/12 season, has no fears about taking on the Reds in the grand-final qualifier at Allianz Stadium.

"Not at all. The results haven't gone our way against them this season, but in our last game against Adelaide we were very unlucky not to get the three competition points," he told APN.

"Eugene Galekovic had the game of his life then and came up with a lot of great saves on some shots that would've usually gone in."

Jurman, however, does believe Adelaide has come a long way since last season, when the team finished sixth before bowing out in the first week of the finals.

That was after a shaky start to last summer under coach Josep Gombau's attacking-based structure.

"Josep has done a good job with them, and we respect them, but we've been focussing on our own game this week," Jurman said.

The Reds boast a number of attacking threats, including Sergio Cirio (seven goals), Pablo Sanchez (eight goals), Marcelo Carrusca (seven goals) and Awer Mabil (six goals).

"You can't pick anyone out in particular," Jurman said.

"They've got a few players who can be dangerous on their day, so all of us have to be on our toes."

Bruce Djite (six goals) will, however, miss tonight's game because of an ongoing groin injury.

Michael Marrone returns to the Adelaide squad after serving a suspension, while Seb Ryall (promoted), Terry Antonis and Marc Janko (both back from injury) bolster the Sky Blues' squad.

Sydney will start favourite for this match despite Adelaide recording three wins over the Sky Blues at Allianz Stadium this season, including its victory in the FFA Cup.

The Sky Blues finished the regular season in second position, with the Reds one behind them in third.

The victor will take on the winner of last night's game between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City in the A-League grand final next Sunday.



Allianz Stadium, 7.30pm

Topics:  a-league queensland reds sky blues

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