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Allianz Coldplay gigs send Syd FC to ANZ

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016 Emma Kemp

Sydney FC fans can thank Chris Martin for stealing their club's home ground on one of the biggest nights of their A-League season.

The Sky Blues were scheduled to host Melbourne City at Allianz Stadium on Friday night but two Coldplay gigs forced them to move the blockbuster to the much larger ANZ Stadium.

The British band are scheduled to play concerts next Tuesday and Wednesday, meaning the venue must be kept free for set-up.

When the original A-League draw was done, no one could have envisaged the game being a one-versus-two clash and doubling as a repeat showdown between the FFA Cup finalists.

Chief executive Tony Pignata expected a crowd of around 20,000 at ANZ Stadium.

However, that number would have fit more snugly into the 45,500-capacity Allianz, as in last month's Big Blue with Melbourne Victory which drew just over 19,000.

"It's difficult for us to move games because it's an administration nightmare with members and seats and all that sort of stuff but, unfortunately, we've had to move because of the concert," Pignata told AAP.

"But we've got a good record at ANZ as well and we'd like a big crowd to come out and support us.

"It's one of the big games of the year and it's been set up well playing the FFA Cup holders in a top-of-the-table clash."

The Sky Blues' players will get a second stab at City, this time in Sydney, after FFA's decision to hold the Cup decider at AAMI Park.

Coach Graham Arnold said that felt like an away match, and his players wanted to capitalise at home in their bid to open up a nine-point gap over John van 't Schip's side at the top of the table.

Defender Michael Zullo said it was a very different scenario to last time.

"It's a new game and everything is definitely on our side this weekend."

Sydney remain undefeated a third of the way through the season and returned to winning ways on Sunday with 2-0 victory over battlers Newcastle - their third match in eight days.

Zullo was still sporting a giant bruise on Monday, five days after copping a battering, including one particularly ugly tackle from City's Luke Brattan.

"They're physical and we're physical as well," the left-back said.

"I just happened to be the one involved in a couple of incidents but it could have been someone else. I don't think it was intentionally directed at me."

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