Match preview: Melbourne City VS Adelaide United

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The Adelaide match this tonight will round off four weeks of playing against the top four teams. So far we have had one lose and two draws, can we win this one?
Before looking at the preview you to tonight’s match, you can read all about the Perth match here.
Adelaide punished Western Sydney Wanderers in the dying minutes last round. They are always on the attack and along with the last round win, just recently, smashed the Jets  by 7 goals. Adelaide have the potential to punish City, like Victory did a few rounds previously, our defenders need to be at their best for the full ninety minutes, plus the injury time.

Even with Josh Kennedy in the line up, City have been scoreless the last two matches. City need to score in this match because we will most likely see Adelaide with atleast one goal. To find when they last went scoreless in a match was in round 10 against Brisbane Roar. Maybe some fresh legs might help make this happen with Germano coming into the squad. He is another player who can score when playing well, however we did see him play goalkeeper for the last period of the youth match last week, due to the goal keeper receiving a red card!

Along with this scoreless pressure City needs to stay in sight of that sixth spot. Brisbane has started to find their own winning form and if we are careless it could disappear from us. So a win against Adelaide is important for City to beat one of the top four teams and also to stay in touch for that finals sport.

Maybe we can finally see Kennedy get his first A-League goal along with a win.

An important note to mention is that all members can bring a friend free for the match. Simply show you membership card at gate E ticket window to redeem this offer. Hopefully this might help boost the small crowds we have been seeing recently.

You can catch the squad line up on City’s web site here.

Match Review: Melbourne City vs Perth Glory 0-0

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The display of football at AAMI Park this past Sunday was lacklustre to say the least. The heat in Melbourne perhaps played a part in the performances of both sides but it should not have been an excuse for either side.

Melbourne City went into the match with the intent of winning and looked the better of the two sides in the early stages. Despite an array of attacks being strung together, they failed to create many clear chances.

Injury replacement signing Kew Jaliens debuted for City. The Dutch veteran slotted into the lineup immediately at right back. The 36-year-old surprised many fans with his performance as he was considered by some as our best player on the day. Defensively he was solid and also showed a great piece of attacking work as he linked up with Williams down the right wing before playing an exquisite ball to Josh Kennedy only for Vukovic to miraculously tip it over the bar.

It was a great chance for home debutant Kennedy to record his first goal at Melbourne City. The Australian marquee player showed brilliant signs of his attacking presence but failed to make an impact where it really mattered – the scoreboard.

Chances were few and far between for Perth in the first term and so was it for City who failed to realistically test the Glory goalkeeper for the remainder of the match. However, once again it was Jaliens who, early on in the second half, came close to providing the opener; this time through Aaron Mooy’s free kick which had met him for an open header only for it to go wide. It could have been a wonder debut for the former Newcastle Jets defender.

The opportunities for the visitors arrived in the latter stages of the match. Andy Keogh – the striker who experienced a rather controversial week, came close to scoring twice. In the space of three minutes, the Irishman had two headed chances but fortunately, they flew wide which allowed the home fans to breathe. The former English Premier League forward was almost through on goal right at the death, but a heroic charge from Tando Velaphi way out of his box cleared the ball for a second clean sheet in two weeks.

In the end, a draw seemed a fair result to match the relatively uninspired performances of both sides. Perth Glory remain top of the league as Victory’s match was postponed. However, Melbourne City now face a tough battle to regain the sixth position by season’s end. Next round, we play at home again on Friday night against 3rd placed Adelaide United. We have failed to win, let alone score, in the past three weeks and once again belief is at a low for the majority of fans despite finals still being in the equation.

#MelbDerby: What went right and wrong for City

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What went right!

  • Josh Kennedy coming on. Although he didn’t score in the Derby he knows where to be to get the goals, a player that has been lacking in the City line up.
  • Besart Berisha tried to be too fancy and missed a goal from close range. We were lucky not to be four goals down.
  • City had far more possession of the ball and more shots than Victory – don’t believe it? See the stats below.

What went wrong!

  • Ramsay coming off around the 30 minute mark. What was with that?! I would even question why he was in the starting eleven. Apparently this was because John van’t Ship didn’t believe Ramsay was working and tried Willo.
  • Erik Paartalu’s absence: he was sorely missed as cover for our defence which couldn’t deal with Victory’s quick passing
  • Victory only needed 3 shots on target. They all found the back of the net.
  • Poor on target shooting accuracy of 37.5%
  • Mooy didn’t seem to be at his best and wasn’t able to show us his fine form that he has shown during the season so far.
  • John van’t Schip’s post match press comments said City were flat footed and were not good enough. He looked deflated during the press conference. City being “not at the races” was JVS’s favourite quote. Maybe City were at the races instead of being on the pitch!
  • This keeps Brisbane Roar 1 point from sixth postion and makes it harder for City. They had a chance to increase the buffer and failed.
  • City have really missed Tando, hopefully he is back for next week. Tando has become a crowd favourite and when he is playing City seem to win more than they lose.
  • 11 shots from outside the box to only 3 shots inside the box. This is interesting – City don’t normally have this many attempts from outside the box.

The Stats! (Click here to see the full stats for the Melbourne Derby)

#Melbderby match preview

Victory-CityIt’s derby time again and after fourteen derbies both teams are tied at five wins all.

City seem to have turned the tide over the last few months keeping themselves in the top 6. During this period they won the last derby 1-0 in front of just over 26,000 at AAMI park.

With the Asian cup providing a timely breathing space at the half way point in the A-League, City came back with a 2-1 win against WSW, keeping the Sydneysiders winless and continuing City’s surprising winning form. You can read our review of that match here.

All that aside, the Melbourne Derby matches have turned into bragging rights to be the number one team in this city. Both teams are determined to be the best and these matches always have the feel of a finals match rather than a regular A-League game.

City sees Josh Kennedy coming in for hopefully his first match for the team and the A-League. But it’s the younger players who are giving City an exciting edge currently – Melling is like a freight train who can’t be derailed, Mooy has the touches to win any game, Chapman is proving a reliable partner for Kisnorbo at the back and now Clisby gets to show what he’s made of at left back. Not that we should rule out the experience of Koren playing a pivotal role.

Melbourne Victory have nearly a full squad coming into the match, only missing Milligan and Delpierre. And that means their defence is vulnerable, as they demonstrated in Perth recently by allowing the league leaders to come back for a 3-3 draw. But Muscat will fire up his players and Berisha must be itching to get back into goal scoring form. He loves a big occasion and if Barbarouses and Finkler also respond well to a large Victory crowd at Docklands, then City could be up against it. City have shown recently they’re developing that thing called ‘character’. Let’s hope the players build on it and show Victory we are a team determined to get to the finals no matter who we come up against.

Come on City!

 

Match Review: Melbourne City 2 – 1 WSW

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During the break from A-League football, we enjoyed a successful Asian Cup for the Socceroos who had remarkably lifted the trophy less than 24 hours before “Our Beautiful Game” returned to AAMI Park. Melbourne City seemed to have improved despite a poor performance against the Mariners almost a month ago. The club returned from a busy trip to Abu Dhabi where they competed in two friendly matches. But now, it was back to competition as we hosted the Western Sydney Wanderers who had not yet won a match this season.

The inclusion of 3 new signings in the initial matchday squad was exciting, however the following day it was announced that Australian marquee signing Josh Kennedy was not fit to play this week. The other signings were 22-year-old Jack Clisby – a left-back from Perth Glory and Singaporean international defender Safuwan Baharudin who had trialed in Abu Dhabi before being signed. Both only made the substitutes’ bench.

The match started quite disappointingly as after just 5 minutes, the Wanderers’ new signing Yojiro Takahagi fortuitously scored as his indirect free-kick traveled all the way past Andrew Redmayne after it had failed to meet a player in the box.

This did not stop the home side from dominating the rest of the match as they upped the tempo. It led to a brilliant equaliser in the 24th minute; Koren played Mooy in behind the defense towards the byline before he intelligently lofted the ball back across the goal which was met by Jacob Melling’s head to score his first A-League goal. This movement only led to more goal threatening attacks from City.

Before the half had ended an injury, which was later announced as a rolled ankle, forced Ben Garuccio to come off which allowed Jack Clisby to be subbed on for his first appearance in his new colours. City continued to attack and created chances which weren’t converted but as the half-time whistle was blown, the signs for the second term looked great.

After the dominance shown by City in the second half, surely a goal had to come soon and in the 68th minute it certainly should have. Redmayne’s long ball met Williams who managed to find Iain Ramsay at the back post with an open net but the winger failed to convert. It was a chance that definitely had to be buried and the fans inside AAMI Park couldn’t believe it. Several opportunities were created but not converted and definitely not for the first time for this team.

But thankfully, just 5 minutes later the second goal for Melbourne City arrived. Jason Hoffman’s cut back to the edge of the box allowed our player of the season so far – Aaron Mooy – to control and bend one truly in the back of the net. An outstanding strike from and outstanding player put City in the lead with 20 minutes remaining.

Fans became more and more nervous and since it is such a common occurrence for our side to concede late in games, it was understandable. But in the end, the boys had done it. 3 points to Melbourne City who have now recorded 4 wins from the past 6 games. There are very promising signs for the team going into the latter stages of the season and a top 6 spot is now the bare minimum expectation.

Once again, Aaron Mooy played superbly along with Jacob Melling who continues to impress being just 19-years-old. With the improved form of Melbourne City and the potential debut of Josh Kennedy, fans will expect all 3 points in the third Melbourne Derby of the season at Etihad Stadium this Saturday.

Come on City!