Melbourne City FC will be looking to make it five wins on the trot on Monday night when it takes on Central Coast at AAMI Park.
Over the course of this win streak, City have scored 14 times while managing to pick up clean sheets in its last three matches.
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It’s shaping up to be an absolute cracker of a contest with the in-form team of the A-League coming up against the table-toppers.
Although City still sit six points behind the Mariners, it does still have two games in hand so a positive result will put the Melbourne team right in the mix for top spot.
City’s resurgence in form has been led by star striker Jamie Maclaren who has scored seven times and provided three assists over the current run of wins.
He has had plenty of mates though with the return from injury of Andrew Nabbout and shift of Rostyn Griffiths into midfield also key factors in why City hasn’t dropped a point in six weeks.
The Mariners reversal in form has been one of the major talking points of the season as they’ve gone from the doldrums of the ladder last season to now sitting on top.
They’ve scored the most goals of any team in the A-League with Alou Kuol (seven) and Matt Simon (six) leading the way.
That being said, City are just two behind them this season, and given the way the team has been playing as of late, you’d expect that total to continue to rise as those games are made up.
While City have seemingly been scoring for fun in recent weeks, it has been just as impressive defensively with three consecutive clean sheets and keeper Tom Glover having faced just three shots in target in that period.
Curtis Good has been as consistent as ever while Nuno Reis has settled in nicely with his addition allowing Griffiths to flourish in the number six role.
We’ve already seen one meeting between teams this season and City will be looking for a better result than that night back in Round 6 when it saw its early 0-2 lead go up in flames as it finished with 10 men.
1.Tom GLOVER (gk), 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 4.Nuno REIS, 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER, 11.Craig NOONE, 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON, 14.Naoki TSUBAKI, 15.Andrew NABBOUT, 17.Stefan COLAKOVSKI, 18.Connor METCALFE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Adrian LUNA, 22.Curtis GOOD, 23.Marco TILIO, 33.Matthew SUTTON (gk), 35.Raphael BORGES RODRIGUES, 36.Kerrin STOKES.
In: 20.Adrian LUNA (returns from injury), 35.Raphael BORGES RODRIGUES (promoted).
Unavailable: 8.Aiden O’NEILL (back).
A-League – Round 13
Melbourne City FC v Central Coast Mariners
Monday 22 March, kick-off 7.05pm