Victory in sights of Sydney FC ace Bobo

Emma Kemp
Sydney FC's Bobo (C) is eying another Melbourne Victory defeat to reach the A-League grand final

Two weeks ago, he sent Melbourne Victory packing from Allianz Stadium.

Now, A-League golden boot-winner Bobo is itching to inflict the same pain on Saturday night.

The Sky Blues' marksman netted his 27th goal of the season to edge Victory 1-0 in the final round.

This time, he knows the stakes are so much higher - the difference between the end of Sydney's season and a step closer to a second-successive title.

And while the Brazilian is intent on extending his league-record haul, he says it's the bigger picture which counts.

"I expect to score more goals but, for now, the most-important thing is to win," Bobo said.

"I need to win more than score goals now.

"But always when you score first, you get more relaxed in the game, so let's see what happens on Saturday."

Sydney have statistics firmly on their side heading into this encounter with seven-straight wins since Australia Day 2016.

As it happens, Bobo's arrival at the start of last season has coincided with that extended dominance.

Yet the scorelines - six of those seven results were decided by a single goal - reflect the closeness of the affairs, with last season's grand final decided on penalties.

"We know every time we play against them, it's a hard game and we need to prepare for this," Bobo said.

"We expect a tough game like the other times we play against them."

Bobo is a near-certainty to stay at Macquarie Park next season after triggering a one-year extension on his marquee contract, although that won't be set in stone until after the final match.

If it is, the 33-year-old former Besiktas stalwart will look to build on what he's rated as the best season of his 15-year-career.

"I want to keep going," he said.

"Still two more games to go and I want to finish with one more trophy."

Coach Graham Arnold has a fully fit squad for Saturday's clash. Centre-back Jordy Buijs, however, did not participate fully in Thursday's training, restricted to light exercises and walking laps of the field with the physio.

The club said the Dutchman had woken up with a sore back but expected him to start the game as he had every other this campaign.