Five things to look forward to: City v Wanderers

Double the football…once again!

Another week, another double header at AAMI Park as our women’s and men’s side go back-to-back on Sunday.

180 minutes of football for the price of one is amazing value if you ask us and with plenty of action down at City Square including Stomping Ground Brewery’s pop-up bar, it’s a great day out in Melbourne town all round! Click here to get your tickets.

Bounce-back-ability

This week will be the first time our A-League side will be looking to bounce back from a loss this season and there will be no better test than this week against the Wanderers.

Warren Joyce’s men were pipped last week by reigning Champions Sydney FC, stopping their perfect start of the season in its tracks. It will be a real test for City against a Wanderers side who will be looking to impress their new coach Josep Gombau and there’s no doubt our Head Coach will be looking at who stands up for the contest.

Defence is the best form of attack

City’s new look defensive block has been a revelation this season as they look to continue their frugal form.

City have only conceded twice this season and recorded three clean sheets in the opening five matches. With last year’s central pairing of Michael Jakobsen and Osama Malik playing in an advanced, defensive midfield role, City’s wall has received reinforcement and that has translated into solid defensive performances.

Forward fire

It’s not often City are held to no goals in a match and this Sunday, expect the front three to be breathing fire as they take on the Wanderers.

Bruce Kamau and Ross McCormack are City’s only multiple goal scorers this season and with the form of Nick Fitzgerald, it’ll only be a matter of time before the forward finds his way onto the score sheet. The Wanderers have one of the best backlines in the league so the hosts will need to be at their best if they are to find their way past them.

Depth tested

After a flawless start to the season for squad selection, City’s impressive depth will be tested once again this weekend with Tim Cahill away on international duty and Scott Jamieson still touch and go for the contest.

Osama Malik will be the most likely to return and fill the void for the match however impressive performances from Marcin Budzinski, Neil Kilkenny and Marcelo Carrusca will mean there will be plenty of options for not only the eleven, but on the bench.