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Holosko predicts more AL goals against Nix

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/02/2017 Emma Kemp

Filip Holosko knows his scoring record against Wellington is solid.

And the Sydney FC marquee man has framed Thursday night's Phoenix clash as the ideal opportunity to boost his A-League goal tally.

Sydney's unbeaten streak will again go on the line at Allianz Stadium, one of nine remaining hurdles in the charge towards an unprecedented A-League 'Invincibles' finish.

As records continue falling to Graham Arnold's irrepressible table-toppers, Holosko has one eye on breaking one of his own.

Despite Sydney's poor 2015-16 domestic campaign, the Slovakian winger put away 10 goals in his first season to win the club's golden boot.

On six goals and with a third of the regular season remaining, he's counting on surpassing that output in pursuit of teammates Alex Brosque (nine), Bobo (seven) and Milos Ninkovic (seven).

"Last season I scored 10 goals, but I believe this season I can score maybe the same or maybe more - we have still nine games to go and then the finals," Holosko said.

"This season is better for the whole team.

"Also, I feel better - if you are winning and undefeated your confidence is higher than last season."

Holosko has started all 17 of his appearances though now faces competition from fit-again flyer Bernie Ibini.

He points out there's still room for improvement after missing two chances during last weekend's scoreless draw in Brisbane, a result that allowed chasing Melbourne Victory to shorten an 11-point gap to nine points.

If given the nod against Wellington, the 33-year-old will be confident in the knowledge he's found the back of Phoenix's net more than once before.

Holosko scored a pearler in December 2015 to steal a 1-1 draw at Westpac Stadium, before coming off the bench to find a consolation in a 3-1 home loss three months later.

"I look forward to playing against them on Thursday and I believe I'll score again," he said.

"But more important is the team, and I am sure we will win this game."

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