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Melbourne City FC
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Melbourne City welcome Perth Glory to AAMI Park on Friday evening in Round 9 of the 2019-20 A-League season. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:30pm (AEDT).
The weekend begins with City aiming to climb back on top of the A-League ladder at the expense of bottom side Perth.
Erick Mombaerts’ side have made a fast start to the season, picking up five wins from seven matches and are currently sat just two points behind first-placed Sydney FC.
In contrast, the Glory have been off the pace and suffered three defeats in November, including last Friday’s 1-0 loss to Melbourne Victory at tonight’s venue.
Despite dominating possession against the Victory and having twice as many shots as their opponents, the men from out west were unable to find the back of the net.
Last season’s premiers will be hoping to turn their frustrating season around in this game and striker Bruno Fornaroli will have added incentive to get on the scoresheet.
The Uruguayan will be facing his former club for the first time since his well-documented feud with former coach Warren Joyce curtailed his time in Melbourne.
The no.9 became a fan favourite at City, scoring 48 A-League goals in 70 games, and says he is feeling back to his best leading the line for Perth.
“I have that feeling (like) in my first year at City,” he said.
“I’m excited. I feel happy again. That’s most important for me.”
It took a little while, but City seem to have found their new goalscoring hero in one of their own.
Jamie Maclaren has already notched nine goals in just four appearances this season, including a stoppage-time winner against Western Sydney last time out.
The Melbourne-born forward – who scored a hat-trick for the Socceroos in October – is in brilliant form and needs a goal against Glory to become only the second City player in history (after Ross McCormack) to score in five consecutive games.
Perth will need to be at their very best to stop him as they go in search of a positive result to boost their confidence ahead of the busy festive schedule.
City will be boosted by the return of Connor Metcalfe who has recovered from a minor hamstring injury. Richard Windbichler could also feature from the bench. Mombaerts will not risk Florin Berenguer as he continues his return to full fitness.
Glory defender Osama Malik is still out of contention with a hamstring problem and Kristian Popovic is also unavailable after picking up an injury last week. Brandon Wilson and Jacob Tratt have both been promoted to the matchday squad.
Glory would settle for a draw here ahead of two winnable home games in the run to Christmas. Tony Popovic may feel his side have deserved more points from their performances so far, but goals win matches and they are not scoring enough.
This game may be closer than the league standings suggest, but it is difficult to see past a home win.
Glory are yet to keep a clean sheet this season and I can’t see that changing against the joint top-scorers who have been imperious at AAMI Park this season.
Melbourne City 2-1 Perth Glory
Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:30pm (AEDT).
Kick-off: 7:30pm (AEDT)
Venue: AAMI Park
Broadcast: Fox Sports
Online: Kayo Sports, MyFootball Live App
1. Tom Glover (GK), 2. Scott Galloway, 3. Scott Jamieson (C), 4. Harrison Delbridge, 6. Josh Brillante, 7. Rostyn Griffiths, 8. Javier Cabrera, 9. Jamie Maclaren, 10. Florin Berenguer 11. Craig Noone, 13. Nathaniel Atkinson, 17. Denis Genreau, 19. Lachlan Wales, 20. Adrian Luna, 21. Ramy Najjarine, 22. Curtis Good, 23. Dean Bouzanis (GK), 30. Moudi Najjar, 34. Connor Metcalfe, 49. Stefan Colakovski
**2-4 to be omitted**
1. Tando Velaphi (GK), 2. Alex Grant, 3. Jacob Tratt, 4. Gregory Wuthrich, 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Dino Djulbic, 7. Joel Chianese, 8. James Meredith, 9. Bruno Fornaroli, 12. Kim Soo-Beom, 14. Chris Harold, 15. Brandon Wilson, 16. Tomislav Mrcela, 17. Diego Castro (C), 19. Chris Ikonomidis, 20. Jake Brimmer, 27. Juande, 28. Gabriel Popovic, 33. Liam Reddy (GK), 88. Neil Kilkenny
**2-4 to be omitted**