We've ticked over into 2018 and what better way to kick off the new year than with some Hyundai A-League action!
Western Sydney Wanderers play host to Melbourne City on Monday night with both teams desperate to bounce back from last-start losses.
Can City close the gap on second-placed Newcastle? How will the Wanderers respond from last week's horror-show against the Jets?
Plenty of questions will be answered. Here's all the key stats and facts ahead of the clash at ANZ Stadium.
- Each of the last 13 games between these teams has seen the result alternate, while the sides were inseparable in a 1-all draw in their last meeting.
- This will be the first game between these teams at ANZ Stadium, though the Wanderers remain undefeated in the competition when hosting Melbourne City (W5, D3).
- Each of the last four games played on New Year’s Day has ended in a draw, three of which finished without a goal.
- Melbourne City have lost their last four games played on a weekday, including their last three by a scoreline of 3-1 on each occasion.
- Western Sydney Wanderers have a passing accuracy of 74% in opposition territory this season, the best of any team.
- Melbourne City have conceded 198 fouls this campaign, the second-most of any team behind Melbourne Victory (205) and 16 more than the Wanderers.
- Brendon Santalab has scored four goals in his last three games against Melbourne City, including a hat-trick when they met in March this year.
- Ross McCormack has recorded 18 shots on target this season, the second-most of any player behind Sydney FC’s Bobô (19).