Melbourne City v Western Sydney Wanderers: match preview
Western Sydney Wanderers saw their Finals Series hopes take a hit last weekend and they’ll be determined to bounce back quickly against Melbourne City on Saturday night.
The 3-1 defeat to Brisbane Roar was the Wanderers’ first under interim boss Jean-Paul de Marigny, leaving them three points adrift of the top six.
It was by no means a fatal blow to their finals hopes but a clash away to second-place City is not exactly the ideal fixture for an immediate bounce back.
Especially as Erick Mombaerts’ side picked up an impressive 3-2 win away at defending Premiers Perth Glory in their last outing.
City played some sensational football at HBF Park – especially in the first half – and they’ll want to keep building on that if they want to be a serious contender come the finals.
Jamie Maclaren scored a late winner when City beat the Wanderers 3-2 earlier this season and he’s likely to be a key again at AAMI Park.
No player since Maclaren’s debut in 2013 has scored more than his 18 unassisted goals.
Saturday, 14 March 2020
Kick off: 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: AAMI Park
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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To be confirmed on Thursday.
Did you know?
- Melbourne City are undefeated in their last five Hyundai A-League matches against Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park (W4, D1). They’ve won each of the last two games in that span and will thus be aiming for a third successive victory for the first time in such fixtures.
- The Wanderers have won only one of their last 13 Hyundai A-League games in Victoria (D3, L9) and haven’t won at AAMI Park since November 2015 (D1, L6 since).
- City defender Curtis Good has made 72 passes per game this Hyundai A-League season, the most of any player in the competition.
- Four of the Wanderers’ last five goals have come via Mitchell Duke. Indeed, Duke has contributed 44% of all the Wanderers goals this season, the second-highest team contribution of any player in the competition (Besart Berisha – 44.1%).