What to watch for: Western Sydney v City

Fresh off a dominant 4-0 victory over Western United, City are set to hit the road this weekend for a Sunday afternoon clash against the Wanderers.

Here’s a few things to keep an eye out for as our City boys look to record a fourth consecutive win.

Berenguer works his way back

Last season’s Player of the Year, Florin Berenguer, made his highly anticipated return via the substitutions bench in the win over Western United, playing around 25 minutes and looking the goods.

Having played a prominent role in City’s success last season, the Frenchman has endured a frustrating run with injuries that have kept him sidelined in recent months.

Fortunately for City, in Berengeuer’s absence they’ve have been fortunate to see its new foreigners step in seamlessley, with Valon Berisha and Richard van der Venne both flourishing in their first seasons with the club.

With starting spots hard to come by, Berenguer will likely continue to work his way back from the substitutes bench as he builds his match fitness.

Wanderers recent wobbles

This Sunday’s clash was shaping up to be a top of the table clash, until Western Sydney’s surprising 1-0 loss to Perth saw it slip into third place on the table, now one point behind Central Coast.

The Wanderers jumped out of the gate early in the 2022/23 season, showing some impressive form in their opening few fixtures before hitting a recent form slump that has seen them only record the one win from their past five fixtures.

City have won its last three straight games against the Wanderers and will be looking to keep the streak going come Sunday at CommBank Stadium.

Another week, another goal.

Death, taxes and a Jamie Maclaren goal.

It seems to be becoming quite the weekly habit that Jamie Maclaren features in the ‘What to Watch For’ segment, but City’s number 9 continues to pile on the goals in what can only be described as an extraordinary goalscoring run.

Coming into this weekend’s fixture, Maclaren will no doubt be backing himself to extend the streak out to 11 games given his impressive record against the Wanderers in the past.

Maclaren has scored 17 goals in 17 A-League Men matchs against Western Sydney, his most against any team and the most of any player against the club in the history of the competition.

If Maclaren continues to receive excellent service into the box from his midfield unit, there isn’t any reason why City fans can’t expect to see the streak stay alive.