Melbourne City FC take on Sydney FC for the first time this season when the two teams meet at Jubilee Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Ahead of the clash, we take a look at the five things we’re looking forward to.
Top of the table clash
After 11 rounds, Melbourne City and Sydney FC sit one and two on the league ladder.
With the Sky Blues beginning to break away at the top of the table, the two teams will battle it out for the first time this season when they meet in Round 12.
It’s the match of the round and we can’t wait to take on the side who has won eight of their opening 10 matches. It’s going to be a tough challenge, but a challenge we’re looking forward to!
Bounce back ability
There’s no denying the disappointment that came with City’s 1-2 loss to Melbourne Victory in the annual Christmas Derby. A slow start to the match allowed the visitors to take a 2-0 lead into the break and despite City’s best efforts in the second period, Victory’s defence stood tall.
Looking to bounce back from last weekend’s result, there’s no better time to do so than against the reigning champions and current ladder leaders, Sydney FC.
There’s a lot riding on this one and we can’t wait.
Harrison Delbridge was enormous against Melbourne Victory.
The central defender won crucial last-ditch challenges, was ruthless in the air and netted his first goal for the Club with a towering header from the set piece.
A crucial figure in Erick Mombaerts’ squad, the towering defender will look to be just as influential when we take on the Sky Blues.
Friends turn foes
A busy offseason saw former City midfielder Luke Brattan head to Sydney and Josh Brillante arrive at the City Football Academy.
In what will be Brillante’s first competitive game against his former side since he donned the City blue, the midfielder will be eager to continue his strong run of form.
The game will also mark the first for Brattan against his former side since he left City.
Friendships aside, we’re set for a tough yet enthralling 90 minutes as friends turn foes at kick off.
Entering the New Year on a high
As our last fixture for 2019 fast approaches, we look to head into the New Year with a vital three points under our belt.
As we look to return to winning ways and gather some much-needed momentum into 2020, a result against the reigning champions away from home will be instrumental.
A quick turnaround will then see us host Western United for the very first time, as we take on Mark Rudan’s side on Friday 3 January at AAMI Park, don’t miss it!