Match Preview: City v Adelaide

Melbourne City FC will be looking to record a fourth-consecutive win when it hosts Adelaide United at AAMI Park this Thursday. If it can take the three points against this Thursday night, the Club's record home winning run will extend to eight.

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The clash

City extended its unbeaten streak to seven games when it defeated Brisbane Roar in a hotly-contested Mother’s Day showdown on Sunday, with the clash ultimately ending 3-2.

The boys got off to a flying start, securing two goals in the opening 20 minutes thanks to Connor Metcalfe and Scott Jamieson, although the skipper was eventually denied of a second goal in as many weeks with the second eventually being ruled a Brisbane own goal.

However, a Joey Champness strike in the 28th saw the visitors claw their way back into the game, before netting an equaliser just 10 minutes later courtesy of Macaulay Gillesphey’s header from the corner.

The game hung in the balance after half-time, but an incredible solo run and breathtaking volley from Scott Galloway saw the home side take the lead again in the 73rd minute, with City able to hold on to take all three points from the encounter.

The result saw City storm to a nine-point lead at the top of the A-League table, with mathematical assurance of an inaugural Premier’s Plate just around the corner.

This Thursday’s opposition, Adelaide United, had recently been one of our nearest rivals for the Plate, but have since failed to win any of their past four games, most recently playing out a 0-0 stalemate with Wellington Phoenix.

The teams couldn’t be split amongst the stats, near-perfectly sharing possession and recording a similar number of shots, though Adelaide were far more accurate, without reward.

One notable event from the draw that will have ramifications for our clash with the Reds was the sending off of Ryan Strain, who will miss Thursday’s game at AAMI Park.

Craig Goodwin has been on fire since rejoining the Reds on-loan from Al-Wehda in February, recording five goals and five assists in just 12 appearances.

Team News

City's squad for Thursday's clash against Adelaide has seen two inclusions, with midfielder Taras Gomulka and winger Naoki Tsubaki both added. At this stage their are no outs and the final squad and starting XI will be confirmed an hour before kick-off on Thursday.

Melbourne City FC squad

1.Tom GLOVER (gk), 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 4.Nuno REIS, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8.Aiden O’NEILL, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER, 11.Craig NOONE, 14.Naoki TSUBAKI, 15.Andrew NABBOUT, 16.Taras GOMULKA, 17.Stefan COLAKOVSKI, 18.Connor METCALFE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Adrian LUNA, 22.Curtis GOOD, 23.Marco TILIO, 33.Matthew SUTTON (gk).

**2 to be omitted**

In: 14.Naoki TSUBAKI (promoted), 16.Taras GOMULKA (promoted).

Out: Nil.

Unavailable: 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON (hamstring).

Match Details

A-League Round 21

Melbourne City FC vs Adelaide United

Thursday 13 May, kick-off 7:05pm

AAMI Park

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