A-League Men’s action returns this weekend and City will be looking to continue the red-hot form shown prior to the World Cup break when it faces Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
It has been little under a month since City’s last game against Newcastle Jets back in early November, with the side now looking to extend its unbeaten start to the 2022/23 season.
City’s six-game streak without a loss is its best start to a campaign, eclipsing a five-game unbeaten start to the 2019/20 season.
In a welcome boost, City will be buoyed by the return of Socceroos trio Matthew Leckie, Jamie Maclaren and Marco Tilio, who all touched down in Melbourne early this week following their historic World Cup campaign with the Socceroos.
Leckie’s maiden World Cup goal against Denmark is set to live long in the memories of not just City fans, but football fans around the country for the years to come.
If you cast your mind back you’ll remember that while City did secure another important three points last time out against Newcastle, it came at the cost of Aiden O’Neill seeing red – ruling the important midfielder out of this Saturday’s clash.
Taras Gomulka would appear to be the logical replacement to slot into midfield given the 21-year-old has started half of the teams fixtures so far this season.
Although Saturday night does bring the return of Men’s City football, things will look a little different on the sideline.
It will be the team’s first game under new Head Coach Rado Vidosic following Patrick Kisnorbo’s recent move to sister City Football Group club ES Troyes AC in Ligue 1.
Sydney FC, who currently sit in 6th place, has had a mixed start to its season, recording two wins, a draw and three losses.
City have won their last three straight fixtures against Sydney FC, outscoring them 9-2 across that period.
The Sky Blues, who have conceded the second most goals of any team in the league, will have their work cut out for them defensively, with Jamie Maclaren looking to add to his historic six-game goalscoring streak.
Isuzu UTE A-League: Round 7
Sydney FC v Melbourne City FC
Saturday 10 December, 7:45pm kick-off
Live on 10Bold and Paramount+