Five things to look forward to: City v Adelaide

It’s going to be a big clash this Friday night. Here are the five things we are looking forward to.

Rivalry reignited

We all know how our last match against Adelaide at AAMI Park unfolded. Tempers flared on and off the pitch during the contest and we’re looking forward to re-igniting the newly-formed rivalry this Friday night.

Although the heat in the kitchen may not be the same this time around, there is sure to be fireworks on the pitch, with a number of players on both sides set to face their former clubs for the first time this week. Either way, we can’t wait to see how it unfolds!

The battle of the Spanish speakers

There will be a Spanish and Latin American taste to Friday night’s contest with both sides boasting some of the league’s best talent from the respective regions. For City, its Bruno Fornaroli and Fernando Brandan who will be taking on Isaias and Sergi Guardiola not to mention Adelaide’s Head Coach Guillermo Amor on the sidelines.

Don’t be surprised if we see a bit more talk on the pitch by our South Americans this week with plenty of passion we have come to expect from our amigos.

Can he make it four from four?

Speaking of our amigos, Fernando Brandan has stolen the hearts of the City fans this season with his tenacity on the field, his crazy celebrations and of course, the people’s rats tail. It’s three goals from his last three matches so far this season for Brandan and we’re thinking he’s a big chance to play a major role on Friday night.

His chemistry with Fornaroli in the final third is blossoming daily and we can’t wait to see what the duo have in store for us against Adelaide.

Franjic returns?

On Tuesday night we witnessed the long-awaited return of Ivan Franjic from a heart condition that could have almost seen him not play football again.

This week, Franjic returns to the extended squad for the first time this season and we can’t wait to see him play a role again. John van’t Schip confirmed the Socceroo is not up to full match fitness just yet but sniffs of first team football for Franjic will not only increase the competition in the side but allow him to make his leadership and presence felt on match day.

Clear blue skies

Melbourne’s weather is like family. You have to live with the good and the bad sides of it and this Friday night (unlike last Friday), we’ll see the good side of it.

It’s going to be a lovely day tomorrow and we can’t wait to see everyone enjoying it at AAMI Park. We’re expecting a bumper crowd so make sure you are there early to enjoy City Square on Gosch’s Paddock and enjoy another week of Friday night football ahead of the Melbourne Cup weekend!