A-League Preview: Perth v City


The clash

Melbourne City FC will be out to make it two wins in a row this Sunday evening when it travels to Perth to take on the Glory at NIB Stadium.

City last week had a big win at home, knocking off Brisbane Roar 1-0 at AAMI Park to reclaim second spot on the table.

Despite a handful of earlier chances, the deadlock wasn’t broken until the 55th minute when a sweetly struck Josh Brillante volley deflected off both the upright and back of Roar keeper Jamie Young before just rolling over the goal-line.

The night before, Perth took on Newcastle where it suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss to now sit three points behind City on the table but also still having a game in hand.

Nikolai Topor-Stanley opened scoring in the 12th minute with a lethal rising strike that found the top corner from way outside the box. A successful Neil Kilkenny penalty just before the half hour mark had Glory back on even terms but Roy O’Donovan was able to tap home the winner for the home side in the 74th minute.

This was Perth’s first loss since November and Tony Popovic will be looking for a much better performance from his team at home this Sunday.

With just the three points separating teams, this fixture shapes up to be one of the biggest of the season so expect both teams to be fired up and eager to pick up an important win.

City face the big task of winning in Perth, which is one of the toughest trips in the A-League. Since 2011, City has won just one away game against the Glory from 14 opportunities.

Both teams play attacking styles of football, having scored 33 goals each this season, equal for second most of any team in the A-League.

After starting the season on fire, Jamie Maclaren has scored just one goal in the last five games and will be eager to get back on the scoresheet this weekend.

Last time they met

These teams have met twice already this season, with the most recent meeting coming at AAMI Park back in round 16 where they played out a scoreless draw. The fixture in round nine wasn’t one to remember for City fans, with the team going down 3-0 despite going into the game second on the table while Perth were bottom.

Team news

Our team is in for this weekend’s clash with Perth. See who’s in and who’s out in our Team News

What’s next?

Following the trip to Perth this weekend, City will be back at home to host Western Sydney on Saturday 14 March, kick off 7:30pm, and tickets are available to purchase here! Following the Wanderers game, City will be back on the road again, taking on Central Coast at Bluetongue stadium.