Asked whether he expected to 'thrash' Warren Joyce's side again, Corica laid down the gauntlet.

"I would like to think so," he said.

"It's important to win our home games and get away from them at the top. We had a great game last time and didn't allow them to break us down.

"Mitch (Austin) is ready to go, Reza (Ghoochannedjad) has gotten his visa through, he hasn't trained with the team so today this will be his first session.

"I wouldn't say we struggled for depth, but we had a couple of major injuries and we got through the busy period in January and did quite well."

In addition to signing 31-year-old Iranian powerhouse Ghoochannedjad, who scored 17 goals in 44 appearances for the Iranian national team, Sydney also picked up injury-troubled winger Austin from Newcastle Jets.

Both signings offer an extra dimension to the Sydney lineup, which has faced criticism at times this season for lacking pace and dynamism.

"It's good to have quality players," Corica said.

"Austin is a good replacement for Charlie (Lokolingoy). We looked at Reza in pre-season and before he went to Cyprus, we wanted to get him.

"We need more goalscorers in our team, with the Champions League coming up, as a 3+1 rule (three foreigners plus one from Asia) he'll be very useful."