Melbourne City hunt for Grand Final redemption
The 2020-21 A-League season will culminate with Melbourne City hosting Sydney FC this Sunday.
City cruised to their first A-League Premiership and are looking to complete the double at AAMI Park.
Sydney arrives in Melbourne in good form, winning five of their last five, while City has only won two of their previous six.
But Patrick Kisnorbo’s side has a significant advantage that could help them lift the trophy come Sunday evening.
City celebrate with their fans after securing the Premiers Plate. (Getty Images)
The game is confirmed and scheduled at AAMI Park in Melbourne, with initial doubts over the COVID-19 situation. Sydney was being mooted as a potential new destination for the decider.
City could be bolstered by the return of Socceroo hopeful Andrew Nabbout.
Meanwhile, Sydney will hope to have Johnny Warren Medallist Milos Ninkovic back in time for the Grand Final clash.
City’s youth put Macarthur to the sword in the semi-finals whilst Sydney edged past Adelaide United 2-1.
No Jamie Maclaren
Melbourne City will be without the firepower of Jamie Maclaren, who has been away on Socceroos' duty.
Maclaren netted an incredible 25 goals in 24 games throughout the home and away season, including five against arch-rivals Melbourne Victory back in April.
Sydney target a first-ever three-peat
Steve Corica’s side has the chance to become the first-ever side to win three A-League Grand Finals in a row.
In last years' edition, they knocked off City after extra-time thanks to a Rhyan Grant goal in the 110th minute.
Travelling supporters are unlikely to be allowed into the final.
City will be fully backed by their fans, which could give them the extra boost to claim the toilet seat on Sunday.