Coach Steve Corica is counting on a couple of tactical tweaks to help deliver Sydney FC's first Asian Champions League win in over a year.
Heading into Tuesday's away game against China's Shanghai SIPG, Sydney are bottom of their four-team group with two points, with three round remaining.
However, just two points separate them from second-placed SIPG, who they drew 3-3 with in Sydney earlier this month.
Captain and striker Alex Brosque and defender Michael Zullo haven't recovered from their respective injuries, but Corica will be able to throw all of his other big guns at SIPG.
With second place in the A-League secured, Corica says he will consider resting players for Saturday's final round game at Newcastle, where there's nothing substantial at stake for Sydney.
Containing SIPG's dangerous Brazilian trio of Hulk, Oscar and Elkeson, who between them were involved in all three of SIPG'S goals in Sydney, is in the forefront of Corica's planning for Tuesday's match.
"There are a couple of things tactically if we can get right, we think we have a good chance of winning," Corica said in a teleconference on Monday.
"Obviously their foreigners, we have to stop them. I think they are a big part of their team and if we can stop them, we've got a very good chance of winning the game.
"We're going to give it a good go (on Tuesday) and we do have that opportunity now maybe to rest a couple of players in Newcastle."
While disappointed Sydney FC finished behind Premiers Plate winner Perth Glory, Corica hailed the consistency of his club.
"We're on 52 points with one game to go and normally if you get over 50 points you win the league," Corica said.
"I think it just goes to show that Perth were very good this year, but we got over 50 points. That was the aim. Our boys three years in a row got over 50 points. Consistency is the key.
"We're disappointed we didn't win the Premiers Plate but we played Perth three times and beat them twice.
"We've beaten all the teams in the top six so we're going into the semi-finals confident."
Corica isn't fretting over the low goal output of Iranian striker Reza Ghoochannejha, who hasn't scored in his last eight games and has scored just once in 12 appearances, seven of them starts.
"I think overall he's playing well. He's working hard for the team and the goals will come,"' Corica said.
Australian Associated Press