Melbourne City FC return to AAMI Park in Round 24, hosting Brisbane Roar in a crucial clash under Friday night lights. Ahead of the match, we take a look at the five things we're looking forward to.
Home sweet home
After just over a month away from home, City return to AAMI Park on Friday night, hosting Brisbane Roar in Round 24 of the 2018/19 Hyundai A-League season.
With just one loss at the venue this season, the home side will be eager to extend their strong run of form in front of the City faithful.
There’s only three home fixtures left in the regular season, so don’t miss the chance to get out there and support the boys on Friday night. Get your tickets here.
City have won four of their six A-League games against Brisbane Roar since Head Coach Warren Joyce took the reigns, keeping three clean sheets in that span.
Joyce and his men will be looking to make it five wins from seven when they return to AAMI Park, a venue that they are undefeated at in their last nine league fixtures.
With a strong run both against the Roar and at home, City will be looking to kick-start the business end of their season with a win.
Bounce back ability
After a strong win over Sydney FC at Leichhardt Oval, City were unable to make it back-to-back wins in New South Wales, going down 3-0 to the Wanderers.
Following the disappointment of last weekend’s result, the boys in City blue will be looking to make a statement when they run out in front of their home fans at AAMI Park.
Last time the two teams met, Ritchie De Laet proved to be the difference and there’s no doubt he’ll be looking to do the same as City look to extend their run to 13 games unbeaten against the Roar at home.
The return of the Mac
After suffering a mild concussion at training last week, City’s star striker Jamie Maclaren missed the teams trip to Western Sydney.
He’s now back and ready to contribute to his already impressive start to life in City blue, where he has registered five goals in five matches.
Facing his former side, Brisbane Roar, for the first time since his return to the A-League, it’s a big stage that the striker will no doubt be looking to make an impact on.
The countdown is on
Four games remain in the regular season and the pressure is on to finish as high as possible, secure a finals birth and carry some much-needed winning momentum in to the pointy end of the season.
With six of our past eight games played away from home, the team has faced a difficult stretch on the road. But with three of our four remaining fixtures at AAMI Park, a golden opportunity presents itself for the team to return to winning ways and finish the season on a high, giving themselves the best opportunity at a championship tilt.
It all starts with an important clash with the Roar on Friday. Don't miss out, get your tickets here.