Sydney FC enjoying suburban ground tour

Sydney FC coach Steve Corica is looking forward to playing at Leichhardt Oval this weekend.
Sydney FC coach Steve Corica is looking forward to playing at Leichhardt Oval this weekend.

Talk about painting the city sky blue.

His team may have reeled off five wins in a row in the south, but Sydney FC coach Steve Corica has no qualms with bringing his team to the inner west.

Leichhardt Oval will host an A-League game for the first time when the Sky Blues meet competition battlers Central Coast on Sunday.

It is the latest stop on a Sydney suburban tour for the glamour club as their traditional home ground at Moore Park continues its three-year reconstruction.

"The pitch is good, we trained there other day. It's a good stadium. It's going to be a great atmosphere in there like Kogarah was," Corica said on Saturday.

Cross-town rivals Western Sydney have floundered during their home rebuild at Parramatta, averaging a club-low 8,621 at Spotless and ANZ Stadium this season.

Having watched the Wanderers struggle, the Sky Blues opted to take their first eight home games this summer to the SCG and Jubilee Oval.

And the plan has seemingly paid off, with their average 15,164 crowd rated the second highest in the league behind reigning champions Melbourne Victory.

Corica said Leichhardt, which has previously hosted FFA Cup games as well as the club's women's side, would prove similar to Jubilee Oval.

"The hill's great on the opposite side there, you get great support there," he said.

"And I think you'll get different people come into Leichhardt as well, which is good for the club.

"We enjoyed Kogarah. It took us a couple of games to get it going there.

"Obviously we lost the first two but after that we won five after that in a row, which was great. So we want to start well at Leichhardt and win our two games."

Sydney will play two games at Leichhardt Oval before hosting one fixture at Brookvale Oval, and then finishing the season with SCG blockbusters.

Corica is confident there will be no issues at Brookvale Oval despite reports an NRL trial scheduled for next week was moved due to a poor surface.

"We've got three more weeks before our game is there. Especially in summer, I think the grass will be good by then," he said.

Sydney FC will be without Daniel De Silva to face the Mariners due to their loan agreement, but will pump more minutes into new face Reza Ghoochannejhad.

Central Coast are without defender Kye Rowles due to suspension, but get Jacob Melling and Matt Simon back into their match-day squad.

STATS THAT MATTER

* Sydney have lost just one of their past 14 games against the Mariners.

* Central Coast have led at halftime in their past three away games, but have lost each one. Their last road win was in the 2017-18 season.

* Alex Brosque has scored 13 goals against the Mariners. The only other player to have scored more is Besart Berisha, with 16.

Australian Associated Press