Melbourne City must have been on Santa’s good list for December with Saint Nick giving them 7 points under the Christmas tree. From the last three matches City have just missed out on maximum points by just 2 and that was in the last match with a draw against the top of the ladder team Perth Glory.
John van’t Schip made some big changes after the Wellington thrashing in round 8. Bringing young Chapman on in central defence and also taking Ramsay out of the left back and replacing him with Garuccio. These changes in the back line seem to have made a huge difference to our defensive line up. Most teams used the weakness of Ramsay in that left back position to get their goals and Garuccio seems to have stopped that. Chapman too has been able to stand up next to Kisnorbo in that Centre back spot.
The other big change being the new crowd favourite Tando Velaphi in goals. Redmayne was struggling in that position and Velaphi has certainly saved some great chances over the last few matches. Redmayne will have to fight hard to get that number one goal keeper position back, but with Velaphi playing the way he is at the moment it seems that he is looking very comfortable in the spot.
Along with some player movements we have had our marquee player coming off the bench in the last two matches. It is great to finally see Robert Koren come on, showing some good form against Perth Glory on Boxing Day.
Now for our first test since our form change, playing an away match. This sounds like it should be a walk in the park, the Jets have only won one match at the moment and have a lot more issues on and off the field than City. The Jets last home match was a 2 – 1 win over Adelaide United, they also only lost by a goal against Victory on the weekend at AAMI Park and that was scored in the in the 85th minute by Finkler. So their form hasn’t been to shabby over the last few rounds either.
If City can keep the current line up (maybe bring in Koren in the starting eleven) and form we should be a very good chance. It seems the Wellington loss in round 8 was a big reality check for the coaching staff and players and lets hope they keep this form going. If City keep this up for the full 90 minutes I “believe” we can win this one.