After a significant win over Sydney that snapped a disappointing string of results, Melbourne City FC will look to start putting some positive results together when they take on Western Sydney Wanderers this Tuesday.
Curtis Good has been one of City’s most consistent performers in the early stages of this season, taking out the Etihad Player of the Month for January.
Set to appear for the Wanderers up the other end of the pitch, Ziggy Gordon has thrived in his newly permanent role in the middle of his side’s defence, having previously split his time between centre and right-back during his time with the Central Coast Mariners.
A testament to the importance of either player to their respective sides, both Good and Gordon have played the maximum amount of minutes from their respective seven and eight games played.
Good is set to continue being a rock at the back for City for years to come, having signed a contract extension with the Club in January.
The players’ roles as metronomic passers at the back has also seen both appear in the league’s top 10 for total passes made, with Good attempting 77.7 per 90 minutes at a success rate of 82.7%, whilst Gordon boasts a higher accuracy of 88.6% from his 64.6 passes made per 90.
Interestingly, Good is a far more prolific long-range passer having attempted 89, of which 44.9% have been accurate. Gordon, on the other hand, has played just 36, with a success rate of 30.6%.
An action more specific to their obvious defensive duties is tackling, in which Good currently holds an impeccable 100% record for his nine tackles made and whilst Gordon has made more (22), he has won 72.7% of these battles.
Despite their largely-defensive roles, both players manage a minor influence on proceedings up the other end of the pitch. Curtis Good has already recorded an assist this season, whilst his Wanderers counterpart has gone one better, scoring against the Newcastle Jets in his side’s second game of the season.