Melbourne City host their second consecutive match at AAMI Park on Saturday when they take on Perth Glory under lights. See the five things we're looking forward to ahead of the crucial encounter.
After dropping two home games in December, we have been able to turn that form right around and win our last two games at AAMI Park to continue our unbeaten start to the New Year.
We have now won five of our seven home games this season and will look to make it six this Saturday night. It will be our second home game in a row after last week’s 2-0 win over the Jets.
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A six-point clash
This fixture will take on an extra sense of importance with the Glory sitting just two points behind us on the table and also having a game in hand.
Perth have been red-hot as of late, winning its last six games in a row leading into this weekend’s clash.
The Glory will be full of confidence thanks to this streak and knocking off Western Sydney 0-1 away from home last weekend. A win for us would also be vital in ensuring we continue to put the pressure on Sydney FC for top spot, as they still sit eight points clear and have a game in hand.
Noone's red-hot streak
After having scored one goal in his first 12 matches, Craig Noone has scored in both of our last two games as he continues his strong run of form.
Jamie Maclaren’s header led him to goal against the Roar two weeks ago as his strike found the back of the net with the aid of the post.
Last week's strike against the Jets was a brilliant individual effort with the winger unleashing a curling strike perfectly placed in the bottom left corner. Perth’s defence has allowed the least amount of goals in the A-League this season, so a Noone goal for the third week in a row would prove extremely valuable.
More minutes for Markel?
New signing Markel Susaeta made his first appearance in City colours last round, coming off the bench late in City's 2-0 win over Newcastle.
The Spaniard played just a handful of minutes but almost picked up an assist with his first touch. He played a perfectly placed cross to an unmarked Maclaren, but the striker couldn’t find the back of the net, with his header just flying over the bar and unfortunately denying the new signing an assist.
Having made his Club debut, Susaeta will be eager to get more minutes under his belt when City host the high-flying Glory.
OzFootball Aid Curtain Raiser
A ticket to this weekend’s fixture against the Glory will also give you the chance to see City unite with Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) to host an 'OzFootball Aid' charity match. The curtain raiser will feature football greats and celebrities, including the likes of; Craig Foster, Josip Skoko, Kathryn Gill, Ed Kavalee and Shane Delia. Former Manchester City striker Paul Dickov will also be playing, making the trip from UK for the occasion.
As well as hosting the match, Melbourne City will also be donating $2 from each ticket sale to Rural Aid.