Melbourne City v Perth Glory: match preview
Melbourne City will have to overturn a poor recent record against Perth Glory if they are to take maximum points from their clash on Saturday night.
City have won just one of their last 11 meetings against Glory, with their last win in this fixture coming two years ago.
And even though second-place City head into this match on the back of a 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets last round, they may find it difficult to turn the tide.
Glory are the Hyundai A-League’s hottest team right now, having won a club-record six games in a row, a run that ironically started with a 3-0 win over City in Round 9.
Since then the defending Premiers have gone on to surge up the ladder, scoring 18 goals and conceding just two on their current winning streak.
With the likes of Fornaroli, Castro and Chianese on excellent form, they are sure to have plenty of confidence heading into this Super Saturday encounter.
Saturday, 25 January 2020
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: AAMI Park
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Melbourne City FC squad: 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 5.Jack HENDRY, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Florin BERENGUER 11.Craig NOONE, 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON, 14.Markel SUSAETA 19.Lachlan WALES, 20.Adrian LUNA, 22.Curtis GOOD, 23.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 36.Kerrin STOKES, 38.Yaya DUKULY, 39.Idrus ABDULAHI, 46.Joe GAUCI (gk), 49.Stefan COLAKOVSKI **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Scott GALLOWAY (returns from injury), 5.Jack HENDRY (new signing)
Unavailable: 1.Tom GLOVER (gk) (international duty), 17.Denis GENREAU (international duty), 21.Ramy NAJJARINE (international duty), 34.Connor METCALFE (international duty), 40.Richard WINDBICHLER (hamstring)
Perth Glory squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Jacob TRATT, 4.Gregory WUTHRICH, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 8.James MEREDITH, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI, 12.Kim SOO-BEOM, 16.Tomislav MRCELA, 17.Diego CASTRO (c), 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 20.Jake BRIMMER, 22.Vince LIA, 23.Dane INGHAM, 28.Gabriel POPOVIC, 29.Kristian POPOVIC, 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 88.Neil KILKENNY **2-3 to be omitted**
Ins: 5.Ivan FRANJIC (returns from injury), 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS (returns from injury), 22.Vince LIA (new signing)
Unavailable: 6.Dino DJULBIC (ankle – indefinite), 13.Osama MALIK (hamstring – 1 week), 18.Nicholas D’AGOSTINO (international duty), 27.JUANDE (groin – 1 week)
Did you know?
- Perth Glory are undefeated in their last seven Hyundai A-League games against Melbourne City at AAMI Park (W4, D3), scoring three goals in a game on four occasions in that period.
- Each of Melbourne City’s seven games at AAMI Park this Hyundai A-League campaign have been won by the team holding the lead at half-time.
- City have conceded six penalties so far this Hyundai A-League campaign, the most of any team in the competition.
- City striker Jamie Maclaren has been directly involved in 16 goals this Hyundai A-League season (13 goals, 3 assists), three more than any other player in the competition.