Melbourne Heart and Sydney FC will meet in Round 17 of the 2013-14 A-League season at AAMI Park on Friday, January 31 at 7.30pm AEDT.
Played: 11 Wins: Heart 3, Sydney 3, Draws: 5
Sydney 2-1 Heart, December 15, 2013
Past five matches:
Melbourne Heart will go into this clash with more confidence than they've had in months after picking up four points from a possible six.
They backed up their drought-breaking 3-1 win over the Newcastle Jets with a respectable 2-2 draw away to in-form Adelaide United, and could well have emerged from their trip to Coopers Stadium with all three points.
Sydney meanwhile snapped their own winless streak in the most emphatic fashion imaginable, thumping arch-rivals Melbourne Victory 5-0 away from home.
The Sky Blues are back in Victoria again just five days later, and will be hoping for a repeat of that bumper haul. But they're unlikely to have such an easy time of it against a Heart side that looks tighter at the back and sharper up front as returning head coach John van 't Schip begins to stamp his mark on the team.