Wilkinson rates ACL chances

11 March 2019 05:02:20 EST

Defender Alex Wilkinson hopes Sydney FC can be more clinical when they take on Kawasaki Frontale in their second Asian Champions League game on Wednesday.

The Sky Blues couldn't find a way past the Ulsan Hyundai defence in their opening Group H match, when they drew 0-0.

Now they face a crucial test against the Japanese side who went down 1-0 to Shanghai SIPG in their first match.

Sydney FC failed to progress from their group last year, when they finished third with six points from their six games.

It was their home form that let them down as they earned just one point from three matches in front of their own fans.

They were unbeaten away from home and Wilkinson hopes that kind of form continues at Todoroki Athletics Stadium against a Kawasaki team who are 14th in the J-League.

"Without doubt, we'll take confidence from that, we didn't lose a game last year away," he said. "Kawasaki are a strong team but we've got a week's break, which is great.

"We've just got to be a little bit more clinical in terms of that final ball. Kawasaki won't be sitting back, they will be coming out at us, but at the same time we've shown that we can be solid."

The central defender added: "If we end up getting a point it's not the end of the world, we come back and prepare for our next game at home and go for three points there.

"If you can win two out of your three home games and pick up a few points away, then you usually get through."

Sydney FC are 21/20 to win the A-League Grand Final, while the Sky Blues are 12121/1 to win the Asian Champions League.

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