Sydney FC coach John Kosmina is confident his team can claim the A-League minor premiership and has labelled Friday night's match against Wellington Phoenix as a must-win game.
Sydney FC currently sit third on the ladder with 27 points, three behind pacesetters Queensland Roar and Central Coast.
"The results have been good for us except the Perth aberration we had a few weeks ago," Kosmina said.
"We need to make sure we don't have one of them again before the season finishes.
"We can't afford to lose another match."
Speaking at training on Wednesday alongside co-owner Anthony La Paglia, he said the side had backed up well from the last round.
Mark Robertson will be out due to hamstring soreness as will Mark Milligan (toe), while Juninho will again start on the bench against the Phoenix.
Sydney have also been boosted with the news that Ufuk Talay has been included in the Socceroos' training squad for the first time.
"It's every footballer's dream to play for his own country ... it's always in the back of your head but I never expected it," he said.