Melbourne City FC will look to record back-to-back wins for the first time since late March when it takes on Perth Glory at HBF Park on Wednesday night.
A win would extend City's buffer atop the A-League table to six points, the Club still having games in hand on the surrounding teams.
The City boys extended their recent undefeated streak with a win over Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park last Thursday night, running out 3-1 winners in front of the home crowd.
An own-goal created by some Andrew Nabbout brilliance got the team off to a fast start, before second-half goals to Scott Jamieson and Jamie Maclaren ensured that Steven Ugarkovic’s late consolation goal wouldn’t affect the outcome.
Whilst Newcastle were competitive throughout the encounter, City were able to dominate throughout the 90 minutes and were deserving of the comfortable margin.
Wednesday night’s opposition, Perth Glory, currently occupy 10th place on the table, having failed to win any of their past five games.
Most recently, Perth were held to a 0-0 draw at home by a determined Macarthur FC.
The Glory’s 22 shots was the equal-most they’ve recorded in a game this season, but the visiting team’s resolute defensive unit held on to claim an equal league-best seventh clean sheet.
City will be looking for redemption following a disappointing result when the teams met earlier in the season, with Perth snatching a victory in the 3-1 encounter at AAMI Park four games into the 2020/21 season.
Nuno Reis is in line for a return to the starting lineup having made a full recovery from an injury sustained in the Melbourne Derby and will hope to help his side to a vital clean sheet on the road.
City will be without Head Coach Patrick Kisnorbo as he recovers from surgery after tearing his Achilles over the weekend, Assistant Coach Des Buckingham taking the reins in the interim. He has made two additions to his squad for this fixture, with Reis being included as well as Daniel Georgievski who last week signed an injury replacement contract for the remainder of the season.
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, 17.Stefan COLAKOVSKI, 18.Connor METCALFE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Adrian LUNA, 22.Curtis GOOD, 23.Marco TILIO, 33.Matthew SUTTON (gk), 43.Alec MILLS.
In: 4.Nuno REIS (returns from injury), 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI (promoted).
Unavailable: 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON (hamstring).
A-League Round 19
Perth Glory vs Melbourne City FC
Wednesday 5 May, kick-off 9:20pm (AEST)