Sydney FC players can celebrate winning the Premiers' Plate.
Sydney FC players can celebrate winning the Premiers' Plate. JOEL CARRETT

Sydney team the greatest, says Glory coach Lowe

SYDNEY FC have secured their second A-League Premiers' Plate with three rounds remaining, leading Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe to describe the Sky Blues as possibly the competition's greatest ever team.

The prestigious honour was confirmed when Melbourne Victory failed to defeat Brisbane Roar on Saturday night, handing Sydney an unattainable 11-point lead atop the A-League ladder.

Graham Arnold's men have built an astonishing record across the 2016/17 season, recording 17 wins, five draws and tasting defeat just once to cross-town rivals Western Sydney.

Sydney will be aiming to cement their dominance with a win over Perth at nib Stadium on Sunday.

But while the Sky Blues are on track to break all sorts of records this season, Glory are facing a scrap just to secure a home final.

Glory sit fifth, but they face a tough run home that includes matches against Championship hopefuls Sydney, Brisbane (home), and Melbourne City (home), as well as cellar dwellers Adelaide.

Perth possess one of the most talented squads in the league, and Lowe hopes they can live up to their potential against Sydney on Sunday.

"We've shown we can beat anybody in the league on our day," Lowe said.

"These are the games you want to play. Sydney are possibly going to be the best team ever in A-League history - possibly.

"So no better than beating them. It would be a feather in our cap, and massive confidence if we roll into the finals."

With the Premiers' Plate secured, Lowe hopes Sydney will lose some of their motivation.

"They're going to win the league by a country mile anyway. It's a bigger game for us. So hopefully they come chilled out, and we kick on," Lowe said prior to Melbourne Victory's loss to the Roar.

Glory are in the hunt to finish third and secure a possible Asian Champions League berth.

They trail third-placed Melbourne City by four points, but have a game in hand.

Striker Adam Taggart didn't train on Friday because of a tight groin, but Lowe is confident the fringe Socceroo will be fit to play against Sydney.

Brandon Wilson (back) and Joseph Mills (hamstring) are also a chance to play after recovering from injury.

And new recruit - 34-year-old Romanian international Lucian Goian - is set to start on the bench.

Both teams are missing players because of international duties.

The Sky Blues are without Danny Vukovic and Rhyan Grant, while Rhys Williams is missing for Perth.

News Corp Australia


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