The reigning champions will host Perth Glory for their tenth match. Melbourne City FC are currently placed in the fifth position with 13 points, and the Perth Glory are positioned eighth with 7 points; they have only played six matches till now. MCFC’s first time was lifting the league trophy after defeating the former champions Sydney FC in the A-League Grand Final 3-1. Coming into this edition, MCFC had a slow start compared to last season. Perth Glory is in the hunt to finish better than last season. When these two teams met earlier this season, MCFC came out victorious 1-0 with a late goal in the 88th minute. Last season Perth were on the winning side when they visited them.
MELBOURNE CITY FC
The champions could not collect the maximum points in the previous five games. They drew three matches against Adelaide United, Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Victory. They could not contain the lead in those matches and allowed the oppositions to score equalisers. They won their game against the Central Coast Mariners 3-1 and lost their recent game against the Western United 1-0. MCFC has scored ten goals and conceded 9 in the five games combined.
Perth Glory has had a rough start to the season, and it seems they are carrying their previous season’s form. Out of the last five games, they have comparatively more points than MCFC’s last five. Perth has lost three of those matches against Brisbane Roar, Melbourne City FC and Western United; similar in all these matches is Perth conceding goals in the last quarter of the game. They won against Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory. They have scored five goals and conceded 4.
HEAD TO HEAD
MCFC have had an advantage over Perth in the last five meetings. MCFC have won three times, drew once and lost once. MCFC lost the game 3-1 last January when Perth visited them. In the reverse fixture, MCFC repeats the same scoreline but this time in their favour. Last season both the teams won on the away ground.
MELBOURNE CITY FC –
Andrew Nabbout: The forward player has scored four goals and provided three assists in eight games.
PERTH GLORY –
Bruno Fornaroli: The number 9 in the six games played has scored three goals, the most for Perth this season.
Melbourne City FC has a home advantage in this game, although the result was different last year. MCFC are favourites to win this game with a win probability of 62%. The odds are 1.50 to 6.00 in MCFC’s favour.
Melbourne City FC vs Perth Glory
1:15 pm IST