Melbourne City FC will be looking to return to the winner’s list when they travel to Western Australia to face Perth Glory on Saturday night.
Following an undefeated run of six matches, Warren Joyce’s side suffered a blow in Round 20 going down 4-0 to Sydney FC at AAMI Park.
The home side started the match brightly, but were ultimately overcome by a clinical Sky Blues attack. Brazilian striker Bobo scored a brace for the ladder-leaders, as both Milos Ninkovic and Adrian Mierzejewski found the back of the net.
Despite the loss, City were buoyed by the return of Bruno Fornaroli who made his first appearance since suffering an ankle injury in August last year. The star striker was substituted onto the field in the second-half, showing plenty of promise in his return to A-League action with a 30 minute cameo.
Just like City, Perth Glory will be looking to bounce back following a frustrating 2-1 loss to Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium last Saturday.
The Glory conceded the opening goal in the third minute, before surrendering a point when Shane Lowry scored a 90th minute own goal handing the Phoenix all three points.
Diego Castro equalised for Kenny Lowe’s team in the 36th minute, before the Spaniard squandered a chance to put the Glory ahead with seven minutes of regulation time remaining following his failed ‘Panenka’ from the penalty spot.
Oliver Bozanic will make his debut for the Club against the Glory with Nathaniel Atkinson also in the mix to make a return from injury. See our full Team News
Last time they met
The last time City faced the Glory was last month when Warren Joyce’s side travelled to nib Stadium in Round 15 and returned to Melbourne with all three points following a 2-0 win.
Ross McCormack inspired his team with a first-half double, as Daniel Arzani burst onto the scene with a brilliant display.
What was said
Head Coach Warren Joyce
Every game is important. The run in now, every three points is vital and this game is no different whether you are home or away and we're going to go there and try and win the game and put on a good performance, we're desperate to do that.
Perth Glory Head Coach Kenny Lowe
The player’s mood has been great. There is positivity, we’ve got a good group. The only thing we don’t have at the moment is points. We’re performing in games, we’re in games and we should be getting something out of them and hopefully that happens this weekend.
Where and when
City’s clash against the Glory will be played at nib Stadium on Saturday night, kick-off 10:00pm (AEDT). The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 501. You can also follow the action as it happens by following our official Twitter account @MelbourneCity.