Melbourne City FC is back in action again in the A-League Men, with the team returning to AAMI Park to host Perth Glory on Wednesday night.
The City boys largely coped well with a congested February schedule and will be looking to build on that good work when the team kicks off a busy March period with their rescheduled game against Perth.
The team’s final February fixture ended in a 2-1 away win against Sydney FC on Saturday night thanks to a late, late winner from Mathew Leckie.
The winger was involved in both of City’s goals, capping off a flowing first-half City move with a shot that forced a good save from Andrew Redmayne but which then deflected into Paulo Retre, who netted an own goal. Milos Ninkovic got the home side back in it after half-time, but Leckie came up big for his side deep in stoppage time, netting the winner from outside the box to beat Redmayne at his near post.
Patrick Kisnorbo’s men will be used to moving on quickly from results as they continue through another hectic season and will need to be ready to again take to the pitch when they host Perth Glory at AAMI for the second time this season.
Fans will undoubtedly remember the last meeting between the teams for the 88th-minute Nathaniel Atkinson winner that would prove to be the full-back’s final goal in Melbourne before he joined Scottish Premiership outfit Hearts in January.
More recently though, Perth was again held scoreless as the team provided little resistance against Western United, who leapfrogged Melbourne City back to the top of the table following their 2-0 win away from home.
The impending meeting between the teams will have defensive storylines at either end; City has the chance to secure a third home clean sheet of the season against a goal-shy Perth outfit whilst also needing to find a way past a Glory defence that has conceded eight fewer goals than expected according to Expected Goals Against figures from FootyStats.
Melbourne City FC vs Perth Glory FC
Wednesday 2 March, kick-off 7:05pm