5 things to look forward to: City v Perth

We return to action on Friday night when we host Perth Glory at AAMI Park under lights. See the five things we're looking forward to ahead of the clash. 

We’re back!

After sitting out Round 8 with a bye, Melbourne City are back in action this week, hosting Perth Glory in a blockbuster Friday night clash.

The Glory face back-to-back trips to the venue and will be eager to bounce back from last week's 1-0 loss to Melbourne Victory. While City will be eager to restore their spot at the top, as we prepare for a enthralling clash at home. 

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The race at the top 

With City having gone into the break on top of the table, a Sydney FC away win over Western United saw the Sky Blues leapfrog City for top spot.

Now sitting two points behind Sydney, three points on Friday will see us jump back to top. Depending on the Sky Blues result, we could regain top spot by the end of the round. 

Either way, the race at the top is heating up as we look to make it four A-League wins on the bounce at AAMI Park. 

Will Maclaren’s goalscoring form continue?

Having played four of a possible seven games, City striker Jamie Maclaren is first in the golden boot race with nine goals.

The Socceroos striker has netted two or more goals in each of his A-League appearances this season, a feat that has never been achieved before in the league, and will be eager to continue his goalscoring run when he takes on his former side in Perth Glory. 

Home fortress 

City are undefeated in their past 16 fixtures at AAMI Park, extending back to last season. 

In fixtures that include both the FFA Cup and A-League, City have continued to perform in front of the team's home fans. 

With four wins on the bounce in the A-League at the venue, City will be eager to make it five for only the second time in the Club's history - their current record stands at five A-League wins in a row to open the 2013 season. 

Attack, attack, attack 

City has been the most potent attacking team in the league, scoring 16 goals in seven matches - nine more than this week's opponents. 

With Jamie Maclaren leading the line, in front of the likes of Craig Noone, Javier Cabrera and Connor Metcalfe, we're set for an intriguing battle against a side with their own attacking firepower in Bruno Fornaroli, Chris Ikonomidis and Diego Castro.