Sydney have never beaten Miron Bleiberg's men in the A-League, losing all three matches last season and the first clash of the current campaign ended in a 1-1 draw.

"That's in the past now," Lavicka said. "When we played against them here in Sydney this season, we had a really good performance but only got a draw.

"Now is another challenge is coming for us. We know they are a good team, especially at the moment they've had a good period unbeaten."

Sydney get defender Sung-Hwan Byun back from a hamstring injury this weekend but striker Mark Bridge is likely to miss another week with his groin strain.

Bridge trained away from his team-mates on Wednesday and Lavicka said he's not willing to take any unnecessary risks.

"He's still is a chance but he's still got a special training program," Lavicka added. "If he's 100 percent ready he will play but if not we need to save him.

"It's unlucky for us that we play on Friday so we have a very short week this week."