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Australian Football: Derby game huge says Corica

Sydney FC coach Steve Corica says the derby game against Western Sydney Wanderers is even bigger than normal as his side battle to play finals this season.

The Sky Blues are priced at 7/4 to finish in the top six but it will be a close-run thing after they dropped more points against Macarthur on Wednesday night.

Bulls draw

Sydney FC came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with the Bulls so it could be seen as a point gained as they rescued a game they could quite easily have lost.

However it leaves them outside of the top six having played more games than anyone else. The Wanderers have two games in hand and are one of the teams in the mix for the six and the importance of the game is not lost on Corica.

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Sydney will have four more games before they jet off for the Asian Champions League and they need points.

"We have to pick up a lot of points before we go," Corica said. It's always big, the derby (against Wanderers), of course, but especially after only picking up a point tonight, I think it's even bigger.

"After that, we've got City midweek, so it's a big week for us."

Ninkovic return boost

Corica could be boosted by the return of Milos Ninkovic who missed the Bulls game with a hamstring injury.

"We maybe could have played him tonight but I think with his age and having that little problem coming off with a tight hamstring, I thought it was better to rest him and get him ready for the derby," Corica said.

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