It's been a tough few weeks for Melbourne City and Perth Glory, and with players missing in defence on both sides they could produce an open game on Friday night at AAMI Park.
Friday, 27 November 2015
Melbourne City FC v Perth Glory
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-Off: 7:40 PM (Local) (7:40 PM (AEDT))
Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones
Assistant Referee 1: George Lakrindis
Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Brown
Fourth Official: Shaun Evans
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 7.00pm (AEDT) and SBS TWO from 7:30pm (AEDT)
Radio Broadcast: Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live. Crocmedia A-League Live (www.facebook.com/A-leagueLIVERadio). SEN Radio (Melbourne)
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Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Thomas SORENSEN (GK), 4.Connor CHAPMAN, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6.Erik PAARTALU, 7.Corey GAMEIRO, 8.Aaron MOOY, 9.Harry NOVILLO, 15.David WILLIAMS, 16.Jason TRIFIRO, 18.Paulo RETRE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Tando VELAPHI (GK), 21.Stefan MAUK, 22.Jack CLISBY, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 25.Jacob MELLING, 30.Hernan ESPINDOLA, 36.Matt MILLER
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 16.Jason TRIFIRO (promoted), 30.Hernan ESPINDOLA (promoted)
Unavailable: 3.Aaron HUGHES (1 week), 10.Robert KOREN (calf – 2 weeks), 14.James BROWN (foot – indefinite), 24.Patrick KISNORBO (calf – 1 week)
Perth Glory squad: 1.Ante COVIC (gk), 3.Marc WARREN, 5.Antony GOLEC, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 11.Richard GARCIA (c), 12.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 13.Diogo FERREIRA, 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Hagi GLIGOR, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18.Mitch OXBORROW, 23.Michael THWAITE, 24.Jamal REINERS, 25.Jacob COLLARD, 26.Stefan VALENTINI, 28.Joseph KNOWLES, 29.Aryn WILLIAMS
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 5.Antony GOLEC (promoted), 25.Jacob COLLARD (promoted), 26.Stefan VALENTINI (promoted), 28.Joseph KNOWLES (promoted)
Outs: 2.Alex GRANT (thigh – 2 weeks), 19.Josh RISDON (thigh – 2 weeks)
Unavailable: 6.Dino DJULBIC (ankle – 5 weeks), 7.Gyorgy SANDOR (ankle – 1 week), 8.Ruben ZADKOVICH (knee – indefinite), 20.Guyon FERNANDEZ (foot – 1 week)
Melbourne City remain the A-League's masters of inconsistency. John van 't Schip's men have yet to record the same result two games in a row this season.
But with a number of new players, plus arguably the worst injury list so far, it has been difficult for the Dutch coach to pick a settled line-up.
Last week's 1-1 draw at leaders Brisbane Roar should give City more confidence, however, while they face one of this term's real strugglers in Perth Glory.
Kenny Lowe's Glory head to Melbourne for Friday night's game with only one league victory to their name in 2015-16.
But with 21 matches remaining, Lowe is convinced his team can make an impact.
A win for Perth would take them within a point of City, who sit just outside the top six.
Glory will be without key defenders Alex Grant and new Socceroos Josh Risdon at AAMI Park with both suffering thigh injuries.
- Perth Glory have won six and drawn two of their last 11 matches against Melbourne City.
- City are undefeated in their last five matches against the Glory on home soil (W3 D2).
- Melbourne City have won more duels (361) than any other team, exactly 100 more than Perth Glory who are ranked last in this category.
ROUTE TO GOAL
Both clubs have injury issues in defence with Perth missing Dino Djulbic, Grant and Risdon, while the hosts have Aaron Hughes, Patrick Kisnorbo and Michael Zullo on the sidelines.
While the two teams only conceded one goal between them last week, there should be some space for the attackers on show, with Bruno Fornaroli the key striker for City, while Sidnei Sciola is the main weapon at Lowe's disposal.
Lowe has indicated Perth skipper Michael Thwaite may play as a holding midfielder again - perhaps to keep an eye on Socceroos playmaker Aaron Mooy.
City are the A-League's leading scorers this season with 13 goals, while the Glory (6 goals) are equal bottom in that stat alongside Adelaide United.
The hosts may have the edge up front.
WHO'S BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK?
Ivan Franjic. After making his league debut for City off the bench against Brisbane, the Socceroos full-back predicted Van 't Schip's men can win A-League silverware this season.
FORM LINES (previous five league games)
Melbourne City: WLWLD
Perth Glory: WLLLD
Melbourne City 2-1 Perth Glory