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May 24, 2021   |  6:10AM AET

5 things to look forward to: Brisbane v City

5 things to look forward to: Brisbane v City

Returning to the pitch as Premiers for the first time

It was a long time coming, but Saturday night marked the crowning of Melbourne City as 2020/21 A-League Premiers for the first time in Club history.

With celebrations of the historic achievement now having finally cooled off, the team has quickly turned its attention to tonight’s opposition, the Brisbane Roar.

Whilst the Roar will be hungry for three points as they look to secure Finals qualification, City will similarly need to deliver a top performance in our first A-League fixture as Premiers, with every member of the playing squad committed to ensuring our standards don’t drop ahead of Finals.

Opportunities on the horizon after a short turnaround?

With the boys having been in action only three days ago, there is certainly a possibility of rotation heading into our clash with the Roar tonight.

The last time we fielded a heavily-rotated squad, Naoki Tsubaki scored his first goal in City colours having started the clash in the absence of Jamie Maclaren, whilst Stefan Colakovski and Ben Garuccio were also rewarded for their hard work with starting opportunities.

Similar changes could be on the cards for tonight’s clash, but we’re confident that the team can secure a positive result no matter who ends up getting the deserved starting roles.

Midweek football = Another chance to watch our City boys in action

Whilst we love watching our City boys at any chance we can get, there are certainly some positives to having tonight’s game being played in Brisbane.

With no travel to and from AAMI Park for fans tonight, you can look forward to the usual exhilarating 90 minutes of City football and have the whole night wrapped up at around 9pm – perfect for a weeknight.

Coverage will be available via Foxtel, Kayo and the My Football Live app, with kick-off set to take place at 7:05pm AEST.

Completing the 2020/21 clean sweep against Brisbane

This Brisbane side will be familiar opposition by the time kick-off rolls around later tonight, with City and Roar having already faced off twice this season.

Both clashes finished with final scorelines reading in City’s favour, with our season opener ending 0-1 away from home, whilst our most recent meeting earlier this month finished 3-2 at AAMI Park.

City have now won the past three clashes between the teams and will be looking to extend that run by completing a season clean sweep over Brisbane this evening.

Metcalfe to roll on in breakout season?

If fans thought they’d seen the best of Connor Metcalfe in his breakout 2019 FFA Cup campaign then all expectations will have since been shattered given the youngster’s performances over the course of 2020/21 so far.

The midfielder has started in every single one of his 22 games played this season, recording a superb five goals and three assists in that time.

With two of those goals having come against Brisbane in the meetings between the teams earlier this season, fans will hopefully get the opportunity to witness Metcalfe add to that tally on Tuesday night.