Melbourne City FC will be looking to extend their unbeaten run when they face ladder leaders Sydney FC at AAMI Park this Saturday night.
Warren Joyce’s side are undefeated in six games following their 2-1 win over Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday night.
Massimo Maccarone opened the scoring for the home side, before City hit back with two strikes through Marcin Budzinski and Stefan Mauk.
Brisbane had a chance to level the score when they were awarded a penalty in the 78th minute but Dean Bouzanis superbly denied Maccarone’s effort.
Despite their recent run of form, it won’t be easy for the home side as they face the reining Premiers and Champions in Sydney FC.
Graham Arnold’s side are currently unbeaten in 13 consecutive league games, having lost only one game against the Central Coast this season.
The Sky Blues most recent result was a 4-0 hammering of Wellington Phoenix at Allianz Stadium. Alex Brosque, Adrian Mierzejweski, Milos Ninkovic and David Carney all found the back of the net in the game against the Nix.
With two of the league’s most in-form teams set to do battle, Saturday night’s clash is shaping up to be the match of the round.
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Last time they met
City travelled to Allianz Stadium in Round 11, where they suffered a 3-1 defeat against the Sky Blues however the scoreline didn’t reflect the performance.
Luke Brattan opened the scoring in the 37th minute with a sublime strike before Sydney hit back with two goals on the stroke of half-time. Adrian Mierzejweski equalised in the 44th minute, before Bobo netted Sydney’s second two minutes later from the penalty spot.
Despite a gallant effort from the team from Melbourne, Sydney captain Alex Brosque sealed all three points for the home side with a 96th minute strike.
What was said
Head Coach Warren Joyce
“You’re looking to be consistent and and building on what you have done this season.
“We are looking at ourselves to build on the performances over the past couple of weeks. We matched it with Sydney in two A-League games so far this season so we’re looking forward to going one better on Saturday.”
Sydney FC Head Coach Graham Arnold
“We’ve got some great result down in Melbourne. We’re unbeaten in our last four games at AAMI Park so we looking forward to heading there.”
Where and when
City host Sydney FC at AAMI Park on Saturday night, kick-off 7:50pm (AEDT). Get your tickets here.
The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 501. You can also follow the action as it happens by following our official Twitter account @MelbourneCity.