A-League Preview: Brisbane v City

The clash

Melbourne City will be looking to make it five wins in a row and continue its unbeaten start to the season when it takes on Brisbane Roar this Sunday afternoon.

Since City’s season opening 0-0 draw with Melbourne Victory, City has scored 10 goals in four games to sit on top of the A-League table.

Erick Mombaerts’ team is coming off a comprehensive 3-1 win over Central Coast in Round 5. A convincing display by the hosts at AAMI Park saw Curtis Good, Adrian Luna and Rostyn Griffiths all find the back of the net.

The centre-back pairing of Good and Harrison Delbridge was strong all night, with a lucky deflection leading to the Mariners only goal of the night in the 89th minute.

The Roar will be eager to pick up their first win of the season after a frustrating start to the season, which sees them winless with just two points to their name.

Despite a tight and relatively even encounter against the Reds last week, a late Riley McGree strike meant the Roar would leave Adelaide without a point. Brisbane had plenty of chances to break the deadlock, particularly in the second half, but couldn’t find a way past United’s goalkeeper Paul Izzo.

Having conceded just three goals this season, the Roar have been the best team defensively in the A-League. In contrast, City’s 10 goals scored this season is the best of any team as we prepare for a tight battle between defence and attack at Dolphin Stadium on Sunday.

This will be Melbourne City’s first trip outside of Victoria for the season and will be its first of two consecutive away trips.

Team news

Jamie Maclaren headlines City’s team news. Click here to see this week’s Team News.  

What was said

Melbourne City FC goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis

“There’s a real sense of unity in the changing room, people want to fight for each other. We know that no matter who is on the park, they’re ready to do the job.”

Where and when

City face back-to-back road trips beginning with Brisbane Roar at Dolphin Stadium on Sunday 17 November, kick-off 4:00pm, before they travel to Bankwest Stadium to take on the Wanderers next Friday 22 November. Mombaerts' team returns to AAMI Park in Round 9, when they host Perth Glory on Friday 6 December, kick-off 7:30pm, following their bye. Get your tickets here