5 things to look forward to: City v Wellington


Melbourne City FC will be looking to continue to roll on towards a first piece of A-League silverware on Sunday evening when it hosts Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park.

Sunday’s match will kick-off at the family-friendly time of 4.05pm and tickets are still available. Click here to get yours now!

Edging closer towards an inaugural premiership

With Thursday night’s 4-1 win over Adelaide United, City moved to within six points of a maiden A-League premiership.

The lid still remains well and truly on at City Football Academy, and as Patrick Kisnorbo has preached all season, the focus is on the ‘process’, not the results or our position on the table.

There’s no doubt though that the excitement in the stands is starting to build and with just a handful of home games remaining this season, there’s never been a better time to come out and show your support for your City boys.

Seeing our marksman in action

Jamie Maclaren has been in scintillating form for pretty well the whole season, records tumbling left, right and centre around City’s mercurial number 9.

With his brace on Thursday night, Maclaren overtook Bruno Fornaroli to become the Club’s all-time leading scorer.

Those goals also took his tally for the season up to 24 – breaking his personal record of 23 goals from last season.

He also further improved his record of scoring 100 goals in the fastest time span in Australian national league history; his fourth to 103rd goals coming in the space of just 125 games. For reference Damian Mori (141 games) and Besart Berisha (155) are next in line behind him.

We could probably go on all day so we’ll leave that one there…

Continuing a couple of Club record runs

Speaking of records, you may have heard that we are currently in the midst of not just one, but two Club record runs.

Thursday night’s win was our eighth consecutive at home as now move well past the old record of six.

On the night, we also set the record for our longest undefeated run in A-League as we’ve now gone eight games without tasting defeat (six wins, two draws).

A clean sweep against the ‘Nix

We’ll be aiming to take the maximum six points on offer for season 2020/21 when we host Wellington on Sunday.

We already met them once this season at their temporary home of Wollongong where we were able to come away with a 3-2 win in an entertaining affair across the 90 minutes.

We led twice at 1-0 and then 2-1, only for the Phoenix to equalise twice. Ultimately it was super-sub Marco Tilio who came off the bench and headed home his first goal for the Club to win the match in the 83rd minute.

Squad depth on full show

Sunday night will be our third match in a week and our second in just 72 hours. Given the quick turnaround and hectic schedule we’ve faced as of late, we could potentially see even more squad rotation than we’ve seen recently.

City’s coaching staff has been more than happy to interchange Florin Berenguer and Adrian Luna in midfield, while Rostyn Griffiths and Nuno Reis have both shared the centre-back duties alongside Curtis Good in recent matches.

We’ve seen Marco Tilio see plenty of time on the pitch in the last month and expect to see that continue given the unfortunate injury to Andrew Nabbout.