The teams are in for this week’s 1st vs 2nd blockbuster clash against Western Sydney. See who’s in and who’s out of this week’s side.
Consistency has been a key to John van’t Schip side and the Dutchman sees the return of Jack Clisby to his side from suspension while Wade Dekker makes his way into the extended squad that will be cut to 16 90 minutes before kick-off.
Debuts to Anthony Caceres, Osama Malik and Nick Fitzgerald last week saw City strengthen their squad depth last week and the trio held their own in the lineup, putting in impressive shifts for their short time at the Club.
The lack of out’s has been a key to City’s success in the second quarter of this season and the team selection consistency that the side has been seeking has finally come for City.
The high-flying Wanderers come off a tight 2-1 win over the Mariners and bolster their side with the return of their captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley while out of favour Federico Piovaccari makes his return to the extended side.
Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 3.Scott JAMIESON, 4. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 6. Mitch NICHOLS, 7.Romeo CASTELEN, 8.DIMAS, 9.Federico PIOVACCARI, 10.Dario VIDOSIC, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 14.Golgol MEBRAHTU, 15.Kearyn BACCUS, 17.ALBERTO, 18.ANDREU, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 21.Jacob PEPPER, 22.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 30.Liam REDDY (gk), 34.Mario SHABOW
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 4. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (returns from suspension), 9. Federico PIOVACCARI (promoted)
Melbourne City FC Squad: 1. Thomas SORENSEN (GK), 3. Aaron HUGHES, 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 6. Erik PAARTALU, 8. Aaron MOOY, 9. Harry NOVILLO, 11. Michael ZULLO, 17. Wade DEKKER, 18. Paulo RETRE, 19. Ben GARUCCIO, 20. Dean BOUZANIS (GK), 22. Jack CLISBY, 23. Bruno FORNAROLI, 24. Patrick KISNORBO (C), 25. Jacob MELLING, 27. Nick FITZGERALD, 29. Anthony CACERES, 33. Osama MALIK
Ins: 17. Wade DEKKER (promoted), 22. Jack CLISBY (returns from suspension)
Unavailable: 4. Connor CHAPMAN (6-7 weeks), 7. Corey GAMEIRO (knee - season)