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Western United FC
Melbourne City FC
Western United FC
Melbourne City FC
After a fast and furious run of fixtures, the final game of the 2019-20 A-League regular season sees an all-Victorian clash – Western United host Melbourne City at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium. You can join The Roar for live scores from 7:30pm (AEST).
Melbourne City have had a strong season and will finish the regular season campaign in second place on the A-League ladder. Manager Erick Mombaerts will be using tonight’s clash as a tune-up for their championship run. The Frenchman will be hoping to become the first City manager to deliver a trophy since their FFA Cup triumph a few years ago.
Since coming back from the break, City have played just two games so far. They are undefeated, picking up one win and one draw. They might have grabbed all three points last time out against Adelaide if it wasn’t for Craig Noone’s brain snap that resulted in the lighter side of Melbourne going down to ten men.
As a result of that horror challenge, Noone is out tonight but will surely feature for City in the finals series. Fullback Scott Jamieson, however, has taken personal leave for the rest of City’s campaign to be with his partner and newborn back in Melbourne.
Western United fans would be happy with where their team sits. They come into this fixture in fifth place, but can finish as high as third with a victory. A draw will still see them finish in the top four and with the form they’re in, I doubt any side would be looking forward to a finals meeting with them.
A championship in their debut season would be a great story. Whatever happens, it’s been a season to be proud of as Mark Rudan’s men have certainly arrived on the A-League scene in style.
As always, talisman Alessandro Diamanti will be key to United’s fortunes here. The Italian maestro has delighted fans across the league all season long, and had his audacious lob against Sydney FC beaten the crossbar – it had already beaten Andrew Redmayne – he would’ve surely had the goal of the season mantle sewn up.
In team news, Josh Risdon and Connor Pain return to the United squad.
Keep an eye on the battle for the golden boot – veteran United number nine Besart Berisha (18 goals) sits two shy of City’s Jamie Maclaren and Adam le Fondre from Sydney FC (20). It would be a hell of an achievement for the 35-year-old Kosovan if he can outscore Maclaren by one or even two tonight.
Western United are heating up at the right time – I’ll say Rudan’s men will pick up all three points. 2-1 final score.
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Kick-off: 7:30pm (AEST)
TV: Fox Sports 507
Live stream: Kayo Sports, My Football Live
Odds: Western United $3.00, draw $3.75, Melbourne City $2.25
Overall: Western United 0, draw 0, Melbourne City 2
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