Five things to look forward to: City v Newcastle

Home sweet home

Melbourne City FC host their first competitive fixture for the 2018/19 season when they play Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park in the FFA Cup Round of 16 on Wednesday 29 August, kick-off 7:30pm (AEDT).

Warren Joyce’s men will be looking to get off to a winning start on home soil as they look to progress in the competition that they conquered in 2016.

There is no doubt that you’ve missed watching the boys in action, so get down to AAMI Park for some mid-week football and show your support for the team!

Magic of the Cup

There is nothing better than elimination round football. The ‘win and you’re through, lose and you’re out’ aspect creates a platform for some of the most entertaining games of football.

BUT, just in case you needed any added incentive to get down to AAMI Park on Wednesday, members go free! All you have to do is enter your members barcode that you received via email at Ticketek to redeem your FFA Cup Round of 16 ticket. For new members, we'll send your members barcode after you sign up!

For non-members, tickets are $15 for Adults, $5 for Juniors/Concessions and $30 for Families (2 Adults, 2 Children). Click here to get your tickets for the match.

Semi-Final rematch

It’s one of the most highly anticipated matches of the Round of 16 as City face their 2017-18 Semi-Final opponents Newwcastle Jets. 

On that day, the hero of the match was Riley McGree who sparked a Jets comeback following a scintillating scorpion kick. Although this time, he’ll be wearing City Blue as he faces his former side for the first time.

If history is anything to go by, we can expect fireworks as two of the A-League’s most prolific attacking teams go head-to-head.

A moment of brilliance  

There are many reasons to look forward to this mouth-watering Round of 16 clash and one of those reasons is the individual genius of Bruno Fornaroli.

The best thing about football is that the game can be changed in a split-second and by a moment of brilliance, and that’s where Bruno comes in.

Just like his spectacular extra-time winner against Brisbane Roar in the Round of 32, the Uruguayan striker again demonstrated not only his incredible technical ability but also his ability to change a match – a vital pairing when it comes to elimination football. 

The new boys

City’s second competitive match of the 2018/19 season and their first in Melbourne presents the first opportunity for the Club’s new signings to perform in front of the home fans and battle for a starting position ahead of the upcoming season.

Riley McGree and Lachlan Wales combined with Bruno Fornaroli against Brisbane Roar in what looked to be a dynamic front three.

Rostyn Griffiths also started his first competitive fixture for the Club in the Round of 32 clash, as Michael O’Halloran showed glimpses of his pace and ability after he was substituted onto the field of play in the 83rd minute.