Sydney FC captain Dwight Yorke sent an ominous warning to the finals series teams by stating his side was hitting good form at just the right time.
Yorke was quizzed along with the other three captains from the Hyundai A-League finals series, at a launch in Sydney on Monday.
When asked if Sydney FC had been able to put behind it a disappointing run following the Christmas Break, the former Manchester United striker was adamant his team had turned the corner.
“I think we did have a tough time there for a while but we have been able to turn things around and we have played well in the last two games,” Yorke said. “We have starting to show some form at just the right time and we are up for it (Sunday’s clash with Adelaide).
“In saying that, they (Adelaide) are going to be tough because they deserve all the credit that goes with being on top after the 21 round matches. They have been good all season and now it comes down to who plays well on the day.
“As I said we have turned the corner and I think we are ready for two very tough matches against Adelaide, starting on Sunday in Adelaide and then back at Aussie Stadium next Sunday.”
Yorke’s sentiments were also backed up by midfielder David Carney: “I think we have started to play somewhere near our best football. I thought it took us a while to get back into it after the break but the last two games have been solid.
“Now it is time for the big games and time for us to stand up and be counted.”
Sydney FC and Adelaide United will meet over the next two weeks for the right to host the inaugural Hyundai A-League grand final and if the previous meetings are any indication then fans in Sydney and Adelaide are in for a real treat.
The two teams have met on three occasions this season and all three games have been epic contests, dripping in passion, controversy and atmosphere. Not to mention goals – 11 of them.
The rivalry is in total contrast to the big trend of the A-league of teams winning away from home as all three matches have been won by the home side.
Sydney FC conquered Adelaide twice at Aussie Stadium, winning 2-1 each time, while Adelaide triumphed 3-2 in the game of the season at Hindmarsh Stadium in November.
Sydney FC travels to Adelaide on Friday for Sunday afternoon's clash, which will be screened LIVE on Fox Sports at 5pm (Sydney time).