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May 15, 2021   |  1:50AM AET

Match Preview: City v Wellington

Match Preview: City v Wellington

Melbourne City FC will be looking to extend its Club record run of eight home wins when it hosts Wellington Phoenix on Sunday afternoon at AAMI Park.

City are also currently on a Club record unbeaten run of eight games as the Club continues to create space between itself and the chasing pack on the ladder.

Tickets for Sunday’s fixture are still available and with the family-friendly kick-off time of 4.05pm, AAMI Park is the place to be. Click here to get your tickets now!

The clash

Coming in off the back of a 4-1 win against Adelaide, it is safe to say City’s current form couldn’t be much better.

Both full-backs were on the scoresheet in the opening half, Captain Scott Jamieson bagging an early goal via a deflection in his 100th appearance for the Club before Scott Galloway joined the party on the stroke of half-time with his second in as many games.

The visitors came out strong in the second half and pulled one back early through Ben Halloran, but a Jamie Maclaren double in the space of 10 minutes had the three points safely within City’s grasp.

City are far-and-away the heaviest scoring team in the league, now up to 52 goals for the season (10 in the last three games), which is 13 better than the second placed Wanderers.

Potentially even more pleasing for Head Coach Patrick Kisnorbo is the fact the team have also conceded the second least goals of any team in the A-League, having allowed 24 goals over 21 matches played.

Sunday’s opponent – Wellington Phoenix – rank around the middle of the pack in both of these metrics but City will be well wary of the threats they pose.

The visiting City side twice saw the Phoenix equalise when the teams met in Wollongong early this year, before a Marco Tilio header in the 83rd minute was enough to secure the three points on the road.

Wellington’s push for finals is still alive, having not lost since that night. They’ll be eager to start turning one point into three points though, having recorded scoreless draws in each of their last two fixtures.

Team News

Kisnorbo has made three inclusions to his squad; youngsters Taras Gomulka, Naoki Tsubaki and Kerrin Stokes all being added. As announced on Friday, winger Andrew Nabbout is set for a stint on the sidelines due to an adductor injury.

Melbourne City FC squad

1.Tom GLOVER (gk), 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 4.Nuno REIS, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8.Aiden O’NEILL, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER, 11.Craig NOONE, 14.Naoki TSUBAKI, 16.Taras GOMULKA, 17.Stefan COLAKOVSKI, 18.Connor METCALFE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Adrian LUNA, 22.Curtis GOOD, 23.Marco TILIO, 33.Matthew SUTTON (gk), 36.Kerrin STOKES.

**2 to be omitted**

In: 14.Naoki TSUBAKI (promoted), 16.Taras GOMULKA (promoted), 36.Kerrin STOKES (promoted).

Out: 15.Andrew NABBOUT (adductor).

Unavailable: 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON (hamstring), 15.Andrew NABBOUT (adductor).

Match Details

A-League Round 21

Melbourne City FC v Wellington Phoenix

AAMI Park

Sunday 16 May, 4.05pm

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