City host Adelaide United in Round 2 of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season on Sunday afternoon. Ahead of the clash, we take a look at the five things we’re looking forward to.
Home sweet home
It’s been six long months since we lasted hosted an A-League fixture at AAMI Park and we can’t wait to get back out there in front of the City faithful.
Sunday afternoon football is here, as we take on Adelaide United in our first home game of the season and our last before next Wednesday night’s FFA Cup Final.
It’s an exciting time to be a City fan and we’re looking forward to seeing you at the match! Don’t have your tickets yet? Grab yours here today, or better yet sign up as a member to enjoy each of our 13 home games at AAMI Park.
The return of the Mac
City’s star forward Jamie Maclaren is back from international duty just in time for City’s two crucial fixtures with the Reds.
The in-form attacker is coming off a stellar pre-season, where he led City’s front third in the team’s FFA Cup run before being called up for the Socceroos World Cup qualifiers. While he was away, consequently missing City’s Round 1 Melbourne Derby, Maclaren continued his run of form, netting four goals in two qualifiers for the national team.
Maclaren returns to Melbourne in goal scoring form, and will no doubt be looking to extend his impressive run in front of goal when City take on Adelaide in two crucial matches in four days.
Connor Metcalfe has been outstanding in the opening stages of this season.
The 19-year-old has started in each of City’s FFA Cup games, scored his first senior goal and started in his first Melbourne Derby.
Showing composure beyond his years, the midfielder has played a vital role in the middle of the park both in attack and defence. Quickly becoming one of City’s most important players, Metcalfe will look to continue building his game as the season progresses.
Red-hot against the Reds
Melbourne City are undefeated in their last five Hyundai A-League games against Adelaide United at AAMI Park, keeping three clean sheets in the time.
In City’s past five encounters against their South Australian rivals at AAMI Park, the team has won three games and drawn two.
Erick Mombaerts and his men will be looking to continue their strong home form against the Reds when they return to AAMI Park on Sunday 20 October.
Our final dress rehearsal
City face a unique situation where they take on Adelaide twice in four days, first up will be their Round 2 league fixture before they travel to Coopers Stadium to take on the Reds in the 2019 FFA Cup Final.
Winning momentum is crucial and City will be eager to secure the early edge over their rivals.
Let’s send off the team in style and get behind them at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon!