Melbourne City v Adelaide United: match preview
Melbourne City and Adelaide United have the chance to land an early psychological blow before next week’s FFA Cup 2019 Final when they meet at AAMI Park.
In a quirk of the draw, City and the Reds do battle in Melbourne on Sunday, before squaring off for Australia's biggest cup trophy in Adelaide on the Wednesday.
Erick Mombaerts’ City started their campaign with a hard-earned draw in the Melbourne derby, playing some excellent football but unable to find the end product.
Adelaide, who will be without defender Ryan Strain through suspension, will still be smarting from their late 3-2 defeat to Sydney FC in the season-opener last Friday.
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Sunday, October 20 2019
Kick-off: 4.00pm AEDT
Venue: AAMI Park
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Tom GLOVER (gk), 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8.Javier CABRERA, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 11.Craig NOONE, 13.Nathniel ATKINSON, 17.Denis GENREAU, 19.Lachlan WALES, 20.Adrian LUNA, 21.Ramy NAJJARINE, 22.Curtis GOOD, 23.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 30.Moudi NAJJAR, 34.Connor METCALFE, 40.Richard WINDBICHLER, 49.Stefan COLAKOVSKI **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 9.Jamie Maclaren (returns from international duty), 17.Denis Genreau (returns form international duty)
Unavailable: 10.Florin BERENGUER (hamstring)
Adelaide United squad: 2.Michael MARRONE, 5.Michaël MARIA, 6.Vince LIA, 7.Ryan KITTO, 8.Riley McGREE, 10.James TROISI, 11.Kristian OPSETH, 14.George BLACKWOOD, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ, 18.Lachlan BROOK, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN (c), 26.Ben HALLORAN, 27.Louis D’ARRIGO, 30.Isaac RICHARDS (gk), 31.Mirko BOLAND, 35.Al Hassan TOURE, 34.Yared ABETEW **1-3 to be omitted**
Ins: 10.James TROISI (promoted), 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS (promoted), 18.Lachlan BROOK (promoted), 31.Mirko BOLAND (promoted), 34.Yared ABETEW (promoted)
Outs: 4.Ryan STRAIN (suspended - 1 week), 23.Jordan ELSEY (knee)
Did you know?
- Craig Noone (Melbourne City) created a round-high six scoring chances in Round 1 of the 2019/20 A-League season; the last time any Melbourne City player made more in an A-League game was in October 2016 (Luke Brattan – 7).
- Melbourne City made 17 total shots (inc. blocks) in the opening round of the 2019/20 A-League season, more than any other team.
- Adelaide United will be out to secure back-to-back wins against Melbourne City in the A-League for the first time since April 2016 after snatching a 1-0 win in their last encounter.