A-League: Wanderers can lend a hand to Sydney FC

In order for Sydney FC to have a chance to play in this season’s finals, their arch-rivals Western Sydney Wanderers must not lose to Wellington Phoenix.

Sydney FC need rivals Western Sydney Wanderers to do them a huge favor by denying Wellington Phoenix an A-League win on Thursday night at CommBank Stadium.

After the Central Coast Mariners’ 2-0 win in the final against Brisbane Roar on Tuesday night, there is only one spot left in the competition’s top six.

Sixth place is currently occupied by the Phoenix, with Sydney being the only team that has a chance to replace them in the top six.

The Sky Blues are five points behind the Kiwi team, with both teams still having two regular season games.

If Phoenix beat the Wanderers on Thursday night, five-time A-League champions Sydney will miss the finals for the first time since the 2015-16 season.

However, if the Wanderers win, or the match ends in a draw, Sydney’s feeble final hopes will remain alive.

“At the moment it is in our hands,” said Phoenix manager Ufuk Talay.

“We have a very important game against Western Sydney, where we hope to be able to achieve a result and consolidate our place in the top six.

“It is very important that we do the work we need to do to put ourselves in the position we want to be in.”

The Wanderers are in ninth place and will miss the finals for the fifth consecutive season.

Western Sydney manager Mark Rudan said the Wanderers were desperate to reward their fans with a win in the club’s last home game of the A-League season.

“The goal is to win the home game – our fans deserve it,” said Rudan.

Originally published as Sydney FC need the help of the Western Sydney Wanders to keep hopes of reaching the A-League final low