Melbourne City FC is set to travel to Campbelltown Stadium for the first time as the side faces off against Macarthur FC on Saturday night.
The team couldn’t come into this game on any more of a high following its second record-breaking Melbourne Derby win of the campaign, your City boys running out 7-0 victors against its crosstown rival.
Whilst the goals were evenly spread in our 0-6 away win at Marvel earlier in the year, it was the Jamie Maclaren show this time around, City’s mercurial number nine recording just the second five-goal haul in A-League history.
Maclaren’s quintuple separated an early wondergoal from Andrew Nabbout and an 87th-minute belter from Adrián Luna.
It was a night that will live long in the memory of City fans, with a clean sheet capping off an impeccable performance from the team.
This Saturday’s opposition, Macarthur FC, have fallen back into the pack following a strong initial start to life in the A-League and currently occupy fifth place after 18 games.
The Bulls’ most recent result was a see-sawing 2-2 draw with Newcastle Jets at home, with the team likely wishing it had gotten more out of its encounter with the league’s second-bottom side.
Macarthur dominated the encounter, earning an incredible 65.5% share of possession and peppering the Newcastle goal with 17 shots, compared to the Jets’ six.
Involved in 60% of Macarthur’s goals this season, Matt Derbyshire continues to be the dangerman for his side. The striker leads his team for both goals (11) and assists (3).
City dominated the inaugural meeting between the two sides in March, running out 3-0 victors following a goal to Craig Noone and two to Jamie Maclaren.
There was no surprise to see Head Coach Patrick Kisnorbo stick with his squad after the record-breaking Derby win. Defenders Kerrin Stokes and Alec Mills have both been added to the squad, while at this stage there are no outs.
Melbourne City FC squad
1.Tom GLOVER (gk), 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 4.Nuno REIS, 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8.Aiden O’NEILL, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER, 11.Craig NOONE, 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), 36.Kerrin STOKES, 43.Alec MILLS.
**2 to be omitted**
In: 36.Kerrin STOKES (promoted), 43.Alec MILLS (promoted).
Unavailable: 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON (hamstring).
A-League Round 18
Macarthur FC vs Melbourne City FC
Saturday 24 April, kick-off 7:05pm