A-League Preview: Perth v City


The clash

Melbourne City will be looking to record back-to-back wins when they take on Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Saturday night.

Head Coach Warren Joyce’s side is coming off a comprehensive 3-0 win over Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park last Sunday night. Looking to respond to the disappointment of their performance against Brisbane, City were quick out of the blocks, as Riley McGree fired home the opener inside the opening two minutes.

Luke Brattan extended City’s lead on the stroke of half-time, with a brilliant individual effort, sending his side into the half-time interval full of confidence. Much-like the first-half, City continued their dominance in the second period, controlling possession and securing the points through Lachlan Wales, as the youngster notched his first A-League goal with a delightful dink over the keeper.

City will look to extend their winning run when they play Perth in Western Australia, although the task won’t be easy, with Tony Popovic’s side yet to lose a match.

The Glory continued their unbeaten run in Round 6, earning a come-from-behind 1-1 draw with Wellington. The ‘Nix took a 1-0 lead into the half-time break at Westpac Stadium, as Roy Krishna put the hosts ahead with a minute to play in the half, before Perth’s Spanish maestro Diego Castro secured a point with a strike in the 82nd minute.

With City breathing down the neck of the top-four and Perth yet to lose a match, we are set for a thriller at nib Stadium on Saturday night.

Last time they met

The last time the two teams met, Melbourne City suffered a 2-1 defeat to Perth Glory at nib Stadium in Round 21 of the 2017/18 Hyundai A-League season.

Daniel Arzani opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, before the home side hit back with two goals in the dying stages to Neil Kilkenny and Adam Taggart.

Team news

It’s an unchanged squad heading into the contest. See our full Team News.

What was said 

Head Coach Warren Joyce

“Every team you approach it the same way. You look at how you can stop teams and how you can hurt teams and Perth is no different. Theyre well organised, they have plenty of experience and a good spirit and that’s why they are doing well.”

Where and when

City take on Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Saturday 8 December, kick-off 10:00pm (AEDT), before playing Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium in Round 8 and then returning to Melbourne to host the Christmas Derby on Saturday 22 December, kick-off 7:50pm (AEDT).

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