Skipper Alex Brosque has declared both Sydney FC's remaining A-League games are 'must-win' affairs as the Sky Blues battle for second spot.
Brosque, who has announced he will retire at the end of the season, says it's important that Steve Corica's side go into the Finals Series in the best position.
Finishing second will give them a week off when the finals start, which will be significant as they would otherwise face a tough schedule.
They are battling Melbourne Victory for the runners-up spot behind Perth Glory – currently the Sky Blues have a two-point advantage.
Whichever of the teams misses out on second place would have to play an A-League elimination final on the weekend of 3rd-4th May and then fly off for an Asian Champions League game in midweek.
Sydney FC take on Ulsan Hyundai in South Korea on 7th May while Victory face another Korean side, Daegu FC, the following day.
Brosque said: "We've got two (A-League) games left and I think both of them are must-win.
"We've got a lot of travel with the Champions League and just the fact we're competing in both competitions, I think that week off will be welcome to us and give us a bit of a chance to freshen up."
The Sky Blues take on Perth on Thursday and finish their regular season with a trip to Newcastle Jets on 27th April.
Brosque is a 50-50 chance to take on the Glory, after hurting his heel in the 1-1 draw against Western Sydney at the weekend.
He said: "It's not too bad, it's been improving every day, it's still quite sore but I got scans on it yesterday and the results are quite positive."
Sydney FC are 5/2 to win the Grand Final.
The Sky Blues are 6/5 to win their next game against Perth Glory, who are 11/5 with the draw 12/5.
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