Back on the road
Melbourne City FC hit the road this weekend as they head to Brisbane to face the Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday night.
Following three consecutive losses in the league, John Aloisi’s team has bounced back over the past fortnight registering two important wins.
The last time City faced Brisbane was in November last year, when Warren Joyce’s side suffered a 3-1 loss at Suncorp Stadium, a result that the squad will be looking to overturn as they return to The Sunshine State.
Following Sunday’s clash against the Roar, kick-off 7:00pm (AEDT), City will return to AAMI Park on Saturday, 10 February to host Sydney FC in a blockbuster game. Click here to get your tickets
City hasn’t lost a match since their New Year’s Day defeat at ANZ Stadium against the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Their run of five games undefeated includes three wins and two clean sheets.
City’s latest result was an entertaining 2-2 draw with Newcastle at AAMI Park, where the home side came from behind on two occasions to earn a share of the spoils – a result that was a matter of inches away from all three points
Joyce’s side will be desperate to keep the pressure on the second-placed Jets who sit four points ahead of City, meaning a result in Brisbane on Sunday is vital to their top two aspirations.
Since his promotion to the senior squad following a string of outstanding performances in the Y-League, Daniel Arzani has taken the A-League by storm.
The 19-year-old’s fearless approach paired with his incredible footballing ability has seen the winger named as the Young Footballer of the Month for January.
The youngsters maturity was on show against the Jets last weekend taking it upon himself to take the penalty ahead of his more senior teammates and firing home with great composure, despite a slight delay, to net his first Senior goal for the Club.
Arzani leads his teammates for the most successful dribbles completed – completing 31 dribbles in seven games which is an impressive feat.
Since his arrival at Melbourne City, Dario Vidosic has quickly become a fan favourite wasting no time in displaying his footballing talent.
Praised by the gaffer for his professionalism off the pitch, the 30-year-old has been nothing short of outstanding on it.
With three goals in two games, the attacking midfielder continues to go from strength to strength as he becomes accustomed to playing in City blue.
If current form is anything to go by, Vidosic will be an influential figure against the Roar.
With City’s attacking flare making all the headlines over recent weeks, the form of Michael Jakobsen shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Against one of the most potent attacks in the league last weekend, the captain was as solid as ever at the back.
Jakobsen won seven of eight duals, three of four tackles and made nine clearances.
There’s no doubt that against the Roar on Sunday Joyce will be calling on his captain to lead by example and marshal his troops at the back.