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Mar 11, 2021   |  12:28AM AET

5 things to look forward to: City v Macarthur

5 things to look forward to: City v Macarthur

First meeting with Macarthur

As fans who attended last season’s Round 3 clash with Western United can attest, first encounters with A-League newcomers are always a memorable occasion, and it’ll be no different when we take on Macarthur FC.

The Bulls have made a strong start to life in the league, finding themselves in second place after 11 games and boasting some impressive wins, including their 4-0 hammering of Adelaide and their maiden victory over reigning champions Sydney FC.

With plenty of big-name players on show for either team, the encounter looms as a highly-entertaining spectacle and we can hardly wait for Friday night to roll around. 

City v Macarthur

Friday night lights at AAMI Park

There are few things better than watching City play at AAMI Park and that experience will only get better when we take on Macarthur FC this Friday night at the primetime slot of 7:05pm.

This will be the first time that the boys have played on a Friday night this season and the occasion represents a perfect opportunity to come out and support the team who have worked hard for their three-game winning streak.

Tickets for Friday night’s fixture are still on sale, don’t miss our first ever clash against Macarthur FC – click here to get yours now!

Backing up a 6-0 Derby win

You’ll hardly need to be reminded of City’s massive win in Saturday night’s Derby, and that result has only made us even more excited for the boys to return to the park and produce that type of performance again.

The even spread of goalscorers was a positive sign for fans watching on, but a brace to Connor Metcalfe and a 93rd-minute debut goal for Stefan Colakovski were the pinnacles of a game already jam-packed with highlights.

We’ll need to carry that level of performance into this Friday’s game, however, because the Macarthur loom as a quality opponent who will serve as a significant test for the City squad.

The league’s leading strikers face-off

Melbourne City vs Macarthur FC won’t be the only heated battle taking place on the pitch this Friday night, with the league’s leading strikers – Jamie Maclaren and Matt Derbyshire – set to duke it out in the race for the Golden Boot.

Maclaren has managed eight goals in two fewer games than Derbyshire, who boasts seven, but the two forwards are near-identical in many of their stats; Maclaren leads the league for total shots (35) whilst Derbyshire comes in third with 31, making for a near-inseparable shot conversion of 22.9% and 22.6%. The strikers also share a similar shooting accuracy, with 48.6% and 45.2% of their shots on-target.

Both forwards will be hungry for more goals as they look to give their sides the edge in this highly-anticipated encounter.

Charging into second?

Following our epic turnaround in form recently, the team now has the opportunity to directly overtake Macarthur and charge right into second place if we can secure a fourth-consecutive win this Friday.

Following a three-game winning streak that has seen us score 11 goals and keep two consecutive clean sheets, morale couldn’t be any higher amongst the team and the boys will be confident of securing a result against Macarthur.

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