Melbourne City FC return to action in Round 8 as Rado Vidosic’s side head to Brisbane to take on the Roar at Dolphin Stadium on Thursday 2 January. Ahead of the clash, we take a look at the five things we’re looking forward to.
Back in action!
After sitting out Round 7 with their first bye of the season, City return to action in Round 8 when they head north to take on the Roar for the first time this season.
Unbeaten in their opening six fixtures, including five consecutive wins, Head Coach Rado Vidosic and his team will be eager to continue their unbeaten run as they head into the second half of the season.
With an abundance of quality on the park at either end, we’re set for an enthralling night of ‘Hersday’ night football at Dolphin Stadium!
Set the tone
We can’t think of a better way to open 2020 than with an important win against tough opposition on the road.
We’ve started the season strongly and it’s now about setting the tone to begin the New Year as we look to build on our strong start and strive towards a top four finish.
It’s a massive clash and a massive challenge against familiar foes, but a game that can propel us towards the pointy end of the season as we look to continue our winning run.
The business end approaches
With six games played and six to go in the regular season, we’ve reached the mid-point of our campaign in a strong position.
Unbeaten in the first half of our season, we now have the opportunity to capitalise on our strong start by finishing the season in a similar manor. We're level on points with the Western Sydney Wanderers at the top of the table as the battle for top spot begins to heat up!
After a week off with the bye, Vidosic’s side is feeling fresh and ready to tackle the pointy end of the season and the challenges that will come with it.
Attacking from the back
A new formation paired with new defensive signings has seen Vidosic change his set up with Steph Catley and Ellie Carpenter playing as attacking full backs and central defender Rebekah Stott given the license to roam up the pitch when given the opportunity to do so.
Attacking from the back, Catley, Carpenter and Stott have been constant goal threats so far this season, with Stott netting her first goal of the season after she found herself in the right place at the right time following Catley’s superb free kick which cannoned off the crossbar.
With the reliable pair of Emma Checker and Lauren Barnes at the back, City and experienced shot stopper Lydia Williams have only conceded three goals in six games. Just as City’s attackers defend from the front, Vidosic can also rely on his defenders to attack from the back as City look to capitalise on their many chances in front of goal.
We can’t get enough of Hersday night football
This Thursday night’s clash is our third of four consecutive ‘Hersday’ night matches.
The mid-week fixtures under lights continue following our trip to the sunshine state as we return to ABD Stadium to host Canberra United on Thursday 9 January.
The last time we took on the Green Machine we left it late as we prepare for another enthralling contest against a tough side to breakdown.