Another testing opposition
Melbourne City have thus far navigated a tough run of fixtures with a great deal of success, knocking off high-flying sides Macarthur FC and Central Coast Mariners in recent weeks.
That difficult stretch of games will continue when the team host Western Sydney at AAMI Park this Friday night, with the Wanderers currently occupying second place after 13 games.
The team in red and black have been buoyed by the return of Mitch Duke, but it’s City who have the upper-hand going into the clash, undefeated in our last four games against the Wanderers.
The return of City active support to AAMI Park
We thought Friday night's at AAMI Park couldn’t get any better, but the atmosphere is going to be taken to new levels when Active support returns in an official capacity for our upcoming clash against the Wanderers.
Get ready for the colour and passion of the active support in the south stand who’ll bring the noise, with standing and singing also permitted stadium-wide for the full 90 minutes.
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A chance to re-write the City record books
After recovering from a slow start to the season, the City boys have gone on to record five consecutive victories, a run which began with our 3-2 home win over Sydney FC and which they’ll be hoping to continue against the Wanderers this Friday.
Monday night’s 2-0 triumph over the Central Coast Mariners – our fifth on the trot – equalled the club record for consecutive wins, meaning that we’ll have the chance to break that record if we can secure a win on Friday.
In other record news, the clean sheet that City secured against the Mariners on Monday was its fourth-consecutive, a feat which hasn’t been achieved in the club’s history.
And continuing on with that record theme…
Can JMac keep up his scoring streak?
Following goals against each opposition involved in City’s five-game winning streak, Jamie Maclaren has the opportunity to break another club record by becoming the first player to score in six consecutive games if he can net once more against the Wanderers.
That record currently belongs to former City striker Ross McCormack, who scored consecutively against Western Sydney, Wellington, Perth, Central Coast and Adelaide in the 2017/18 season on his way to a haul of 14 for the campaign.
Maclaren will be confident that he can go one better than McCormack given Friday’s opposition; he’s scored more goals against the Wanderers than any other A-League team and has netted six times in his past four meetings with the team from Sydney’s west.
Can the youngsters continue to shine?
Nathaniel Atkinson and Connor Metcalfe have been revelations for City this season, with the pair – both 21 – playing a massive part in their side’s turnaround in form.
Metcalfe has well and truly established himself in the City midfield, starting all 11 games so far this season, whilst Atkinson has recovered from injury to make six starts and eight appearances overall.
The pair have combined for six goal contributions already this campaign, with Metcalfe’s three goals complementing Atkinson’s one and two assists.
With both players having graduated from City’s youth ranks, fans will be eager to continue witnessing the development of these two future stars.