Melbourne City return to AAMI Park this Sunday afternoon, hosting ladder leaders Perth Glory. See the five things we’re looking forward to ahead of the clash.
Home sweet home
After playing only one of their past five league fixtures at AAMI Park, City return home this Sunday afternoon hosting Perth Glory at 5:00pm.
In their only home fixture for the month of March, Head Coach Warren Joyce and his men will be looking to claim maximum points before two consecutive trips to Sydney, to face the Sky Blues and the Wanderers respectively.
It’s a task that won’t be easy against the benchmark team of the competition this season, but with the home fans support behind the team, three-points are in sight. Get your tickets to the match here.
Can J-Mac make it four from four?
Jamie Maclaren created Club history in last weekend’s Melbourne Derby, becoming the first player to score a goal in each of his opening three fixtures.
With three goals from three matches already secured, the 25-year-old will be looking to make it four from four as City strive towards securing the three points.
The Melbournian has wasted no time making his presence felt in City blue, and will be itching to run out in front of the home fans for the second time since his arrival.
AAMI Park continues to become a home fortress for the team in City blue, with Joyce’s men going undefeated in their last eight A-League games at the venue.
During that time, City has kept a total of four clean sheets and conceded multiple goals in a game just once.
With that being said, the home side will be looking to extend their record to nine games when they take on Perth Glory.
Friends turn foes
When City host Perth Glory on Sunday evening there will be seven players that have represented both sides.
For City, Rostyn Griffiths, Jamie Maclaren, Scott Jamieson and Mark Birighitti have all donned the purple of the Glory, while for Perth, Ivan Franjic, Neil Kilkenny and Tando Velaphi have all represented the team in City blue.
When the teams line up on Sunday afternoon, friendships will be put aside as two fierce rivals go head-to-head.
The ladder leaders
It goes without saying that to be the best, you need to beat the best, and Tony Popovic’s side have been that throughout the season.
Dropping all three points on just one occasion this season, the Glory lead the league standings by eight points after 20 rounds.
With an incredible record away from home, where they are yet to lose a match, City will be looking to hand the visitors their first away defeat when they do battle on Sunday afternoon.