5 things to look forward to: Perth v City

Matches coming thick and fast

City fans rejoice! The boys’ schedules are looking pretty packed for the remainder of the season, with plenty of two-game weeks coming up.

Whilst this means even more hard work on the training pitch and game preparation for the team, for the fans this packed schedule means extra opportunities to see your City boys take to the field as we continue our pursuit of the Premier’s Plate!

Wednesday night will be your next chance to watch the boys in action as they take on Perth Glory away, followed by our return to AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon when we host Brisbane Roar.

A chance to break further away from the pack

Though we’re still a massive 90 minute performance against Perth away from achieving this, securing the three points on Wednesday night would see the City boys move six points clear on top of the table following a week of great results around the league.

In such an unprecedented season, consistency in team performances was always going to be a key trait of the eventual Premiers, and City has proven exceptionally consistent over the past few months.

The playing group have lost just one of their past 12 games - a run stretching back to early February - and currently boast a streak of five games without a loss. Crucially, this undefeated run has coincided with inconsistent performances from other contending teams, so City could be rewarded for their mental fortitude come season’s end, though there’s plenty of work still to do.  

Redemption from earlier in the season

Whilst the team has since recovered brilliantly, City’s 2020-21 campaign got off to a rocky start, thanks in large part to our disappointing 3-1 loss to Perth at home.

In what remains the only home game we haven’t won this season, an early Daniel Stynes goal put City on the back foot immediately, and whilst Jamie Maclaren pulled one back to level the scoreline, goals either side of the break to Dane Ingham and Nick D’Agostino ensured a 2-0-2 start to the season for the home side.

Now that the boys have worked hard to turn things around and emerge as the competition’s dominant force, the matchup could be an entirely different proposition this time, with City hungry to continue collecting maximum points heading into the back end of the season.

A City blue debut for Daniel Georgievski?

Now with a handful of training days at CFA under his belt, Wednesday night could loom as a potential starting debut for Daniel Georgievski, who joined the Club last week.

The experienced A-League campaigner has made 128 appearances in the competition, having also played in both Croatia and the Romanian top-tier.

Whilst his versatility on either side of defence will make him a valuable asset in the instance of injury or suspension to captain Scott Jamieson on the left, Georgievski will likely be competing with Ben Garuccio and Scott Galloway for the hotly-contested right-back spot, so there’s no guarantees heading into Wednesday.

The record books await for Jamie Maclaren

Following yet another goal last Thursday against the Newcastle Jets, Jamie Maclaren has moved to 99 A-League goals, including 20 this season, and will be looking to crack 100 on Wednesday night against Perth.

Maclaren would become just the second player in A-League history to reach the milestone after Besart Berisha, and whilst he’d be the 21st to do so in the history of the Australian national league, he’d re-write the record books as the fastest to achieve the feat.

Once he’s brought up the ton, Maclaren will next set his eyes on 50 goals for Melbourne City. Fancy a double on Wednesday night, Jamie?

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