Sydney FC: A-League 2019/20 preview

The defending champions are expected to fare well in the new season of the A-League.

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Sydney FC have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the 2019/20 edition of the A-League. After finishing second in the regular season and winning the grand final against all odds during the previous edition of the competition, the squad had a successful recruitment campaign. True, Alex Brosque's retirement is a bit of a hit, but an infusion of fresh talent should be sufficient to make up for the loss.

The Sky Blues have a strong team for the new A-League season, with coach Steve Corica pointing out that they'll likely have a target on their backs as they defend their title. Even so, he's confident in the squad's chances of winning more silverware.

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History of Sydney FC

Sydney Football Club was established in 2004 and joined the A-League in its inaugural season. As the years went by, the team went on to win four A-League Championships, three Premierships and one FFA Cup.

Sydney FC appointed club legend Steve Corica as head coach ahead of the previous season of the A-League. He soon became one of only two rookie head coaches to seal the title in their first season at the helm of an A-League club, after Sydney FC defeated Perth Glory in the grand final on penalties.

The club's home ground is Allianz Stadium. However, with the stadium currently being rebuilt, Sydney FC moved on to play at Leichhardt Oval and Jubilee Oval until the renovations are complete. The team is one of the most heavily supported in the A-League, with the largest supporter group known as The Cove.

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How to watch Sydney FC live

You can watch Sydney FC's first 2019/20 A-League game on 11 October, against Adelaide United. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports. After that, fans will be able to follow their favourite team via either Fox Sports or ABC when available. ABC will only broadcast one A-League match per week, a Saturday game. It will also offer delayed broadcast of one elimination final, one semi-final and the 2020 Grand Final. Meanwhile, Fox Sports will show all A-League fixtures live.

If you're looking for the most convenient and affordable way to watch Sydney FC A-League matches, that would have to be Kayo Sports. The streaming platform will offer every fixture of the 2019/20 A-League season live, with replays available on demand as well. You stream via the Internet, so you can watch games even when on the go with minimal hassle. A Basic subscription to Kayo Sports costs $25/month and lets you stream on two screens at the same time, while a Premium subscription supports three simultaneous streams for $35/month. Either way, new users get a 14-day free trial.

The streaming platform offers coverage of over 50 sports from all over the world, has a user-friendly interface and comes with a multitude of features sports fans will enjoy. For example, you can use SplitView to watch up to four videos on the same screen or enjoy a Kayo Mini when you're short on time. Kayo Minis are condensed versions of selected matches which deliver all the highlights in less than 20 minutes. As far as the A-League is concerned, Kayo Minis will be available for all games soon after the final whistle.

Kayo Sports also has great device compatibility. You can watch via web or download the app to your smartphone/tablet. For the big screen, the platform works with Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV and Telstra TV. Read more about the service in our comprehensive Kayo Sports review.

Besides Kayo Sports, you can watch Sydney FC fixtures on Fox Sports with a Foxtel IQ subscription with the Sport channel pack. If that's the case, you can watch matches on TV or stream them to your laptop or mobile device with Foxtel GO. The app is free for all Foxtel subscribers.

Alternatively, you can follow the A-League with Foxtel Now, but you'll need to subscribe to the premium Sport pack. Fixtures will also be available to stream with the MyFootball Live App. Check out our A-League viewing guide for more information on how to tune in.

Sydney FC transfers 2019

Alex Brosque's retirement may have left a hole in Sydney FC's squad, but the club administration was quick to fill it, especially with the addition of Kosta Barbarouses (Melbourne Victory) and Alexander Baumjohann (Western Sydney Wanderers). New players include Luke Brattan (Melbourne City), Patrick Flottmann (Air Force United) and Ryan McGowan (Bradford City) as well.

As for departures, we should also mention Mitch Austin, Josh Brillante, Jacob Tratt, Jop van der Linden, Reza Ghoochanneljhad, Cameron Devlin, Siem de Jong, Daniel De Silva, Aaron Calve and Alex Cisak.

The 2019 Sydney FC squad

Here's the complete Sydney FC squad for the 2019/20 A-League season:

Goalkeepers: Thomas Heward-Belle, Andrew Redmayne
Defenders: Patrick Flottmann, Rhyan Grant, Joel King, Ryan McGowan, Harry Van der Saag, Ben Warland, Alex Wilkinson, Michael Zullo
Midfielders: Alexander Baumjohann, Luke Brattan, Anthony Caceres, Milos Ninkovic, Brandon O'Neill, Paulo Retre, Ryan Teague, Chris Zuvela
Forwards: Kosta Barbarouses, Trent Buhagiar, Luke Ivanovic, Adam Le Fondre, Marco Tilio
Coaches: Steve Corica, Rob Stanton (assistant coach), Paul Reid (assistant coach)

Image Source: A-League website

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