City take on Perth Glory in a mouth-watering clash at AAMI Park on Saturday. Ahead of the match, we take a look at the five things to look forward to.
A chance to bounce back
Melbourne City will be eager to return to the winner’s list when they host Perth Glory at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
Head Coach Warren Joyce’s side suffered their first defeat of the New Year on Wednesday, going down to the Mariners at Central Coast Stadium.
With the support of the home fans behind them, City will look to claim the three-points over the ladder leaders.
Back with a bang
Florin Berenguer made his first appearance since suffering a long-term calf injury in Round 6 against Newcastle, when he came off the bench against the Mariners during the week.
The French attacker made an immediate impact, finding Lachlan Wales with a brilliant cross from the corner to nod home at the near post.
Aside from his assist, Berenguer provided class up front, creating chances for his teammates. With valuable minutes under his belt, the Frenchman will be better for the run come Saturday’s clash with the Glory.
Defence v Attack
We’re set for a huge clash under lights at AAMI Park as the league’s best defence takes on the league’s best attack.
Netting 31 goals in 13 matches, Perth Glory have set the benchmark this season for play in the attacking third.
On the other side of the park, City lead the way for defensive steel. Registering the most clean sheets this season, Joyce’s side has also conceding the least amount of goals, conceding 12 in 13 matches.
The chasing pack awaits
City currently sit in fourth position as they continue to chase down third placed Sydney FC who sit three points ahead.
With the in-form Wellington Phoenix hot on their heels, City will need to secure three-points against Perth to keep their New Zealand opponents at bay.
Suffering one loss in their past six matches, City will look to extend their strong run of form.
Back to back
City host two games at AAMI Park in as many days as the jampacked Summer of Football period continues.
After hosting Perth Glory on Saturday night, the boys in City blue will host Western Sydney Wanderers on Tuesday night as the mid-week fixtures continue.
With fixtures aplenty this January, home games will prove invaluable as the boys vie to secure six points from a possible six.
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