5 things to look forward to: Perth v City

More Bruno please

The long-awaited return of Bruno Fornaroli was music to the ears of City fans and the response he received just showed how much the Uruguayan was missed by the faithful.

A week off to fully recover, fine-tune his game and get more load in the legs on the track will see him come closer to a starting berth but how close? We’ll find out on Saturday!

Distance history

An unlikely piece of history could be made on Saturday night as we take on Perth at nib Stadium for the second time this season.

January 9 was the last time we were in Western Australia and we have the chance to pick up two consecutive away wins against the Glory for the first time in our history.

It will be a tough task with the hosts desperate to bounce back from their Distance Derby loss to Wellington but City will not have a better opportunity to create this little piece of history on the weekend.

Bounce back-ability

Last round’s loss to Sydney was a bitter pill to swallow for Warren Joyce and his men but they will be desperate to bounce back against a vulnerable Perth side.

Bouncing back from losses after unbeaten runs has been tricky for City this season, with momentum playing a big factor in the result.

With matches against fellow top six sides coming up in the next month, three points will be paramount in mounting a solid finals charge.

The chase continues

The gap to Sydney has been conceded but there is no doubt the five-point gap to Newcastle is an achievable task in the final seven rounds of the season.

Despite last week’s loss to Sydney, Newcastle’s point to the Wanderers saw them extend the gap by one point however the Jets still have to face Sydney and ourselves in the run towards the finals.

Automatic qualification for Asia is an important goal for the Club but a week off and a home match during finals could play a major role in the context of the Championship.

Derby momentum

A positive result on Saturday will mean City can head into the deciding Melbourne Derby of the season with a head of steam.

The 26th edition of the Derby is shaping up to be one of the most important for both sides, with Victory looking to cement a finals spot during their busy ACL schedule.

It’s coming to the crunch period in the A-League and there will be no bigger game to prove who will come out on top this season than this Melbourne Derby! Click here to get your tickets for the match.