Brosque: Sydney FC have the mental edge over Melbourne Victory

SYDNEY FC’s captain Alex Brosque is certain his side’s commanding recent record against Melbourne Victory will be weighing heavily on their rivals’ ahead of Saturday night’s do-or-die semi-final.

The reigning Hyundai A-League champions have won seven straight encounters with Kevin Muscat’s men, who sealed a trip to Allianz Stadium with a late 2-1 win over Adelaide United on Sunday.

Having already prevailed in three Big Blue meetings this season, Sky Blues skipper Brosque says his side is well and truly inside the heads of the team they beat on penalties in last year’s Grand Final.

“We know how tough games against Melbourne have been in the past so to have seven wins in a row over them, no doubt it’s playing on their mind. It’s on our mind,” Brosque, 34, said.

“They’ll maintain the semi-final is a different game of football.

“But in front of our home crowd and with our home record we’re very confident.”

Brosque’s view is shared by team-mate Michael Zullo, who is unphased by Melbourne Victory’s strong recent form.

“Regardless of what they’ve done since December, we win every time we play against Melbourne,” the left-back said.

“That’s something we’re taking into the weekend and we’re using that confidence to put in a good performance.

“We’re so motivated to cap off what’s been a fantastic year.”

On Friday night, Melbourne City ousted Brisbane Roar 2-0 in the Elimination Final at AAMI Park south of the border to book its place in a blockbuster semi-final against Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium this Friday night, with a bumper crowd expected.

Melbourne City are one match away from a maiden A-League Grand Final, while for the Jets, itÕs the first taste of post-season action since March 2010.

Sydney FC’s showdown with Melbourne Victory kicks off at 7.50pm at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.