Melbourne City vs Newcastle United, AAMI Park, Thursday 10th of October @ 7:50pm AEST.
Melbourne City: $1.40
Perth Glory: $7.00
Anything worth a punt on? – Melbourne City at $2.05 at the Half/Full time double is good value as Melbourne City should come out with something to prove after their quite frankly, abject, performance against Brisbane last Friday.
Last time they met: A 2-1 loss at Hunter Stadium where we dominated the entire first half and were made to pay for our inability to covert early chances, after conceding an early penalty in the second half we promptly fell apart. Melling getting sent off in the process as he inexplicably found himself the last man.
Last season’s results: NEW 2:1 MCY (Fornaroli x1) 07.02.2016
NEW 0:4 MCY (Mooy x2, Fornaroli x2) 13.12.2015
MCY 2:3 NEW (Mooy, Mauk) 30.10.2015
Melbourne City: What a week eh? (It seems entirely appropriate to start any preview of Melbourne City with this as quite frankly; I have no idea what are the factors that motivate us playing good or bad football this, or any season) We looked aimless and while that the removal of Nicolas Colazo has caused a reshuffle of the pack, Luke Brattan missing due to international duty will be causing major headaches at Melbourne City HQ – the lack of a creative number 10 has hampered us in recent weeks and the lack of faith in Anthony Caceres to hold down the 10 role means that a midfield three of Retre, Caceres and Kilkenny will lack confidence and match practice together. We lacked creativity in the final third last week and the ability to break down stubborn defences could really be tested against Newcastle, who’ll look to frustrate away from home.
We could see the return of Ivan Franjic to the starting lineup which would give welcome attacking impetus from our defence but we’re likely to be missing Colazo for another week due to an ear infection. We’ve got a very winnable set of games coming up over the next month or so with 3 games against teams in the bottom half – it’s time for Melbourne City to get a wriggle on (without jumping wholly on the JVS out bandwagon I’d also suggest that without a good set of results up until Christmas our well-tanned coach maybe looking for different pastures next year).
We’ve averaged a touch over 9000 fans so far this year so hopefully we can see a good healthy crowd in to keep the averages up, though a Thursday night isn’t likely to enamour people to come to the football. The W-League kicked off this week with the girls recording an easy 1-0 win (with Lydia Williams pulling out on of the best saves you’re ever likely to see) and looks like they could be due another big season, always hard to read too much into the early stages of the W-League as the teams get together so late in the season. I highly suggest you get down to a game, even if it’s only to see the kit makers despair when they learn they need to fit the name Galabadaarachchi onto a shirt. They play away against Canberra on Saturday and the games on ABC so make sure to tune in to 3pm to catch it. The Y-League game against Adelaide United is at 5pm at CB Smith reserve.
Possible Starting 11.
Franjic Jakobsen Rose
Kamou Cahill Brandan
I would like to see Brandan brought into the midfield and the ever-reliable Fitzgerald get a start, but I think this is the lineup we’re more likely to see.
Newcastle: Newcastle has been a pleasant surprise this year, with their off-field struggles being contrast to some not bad football, but I think they’ll probably struggle for goals in the long run. Wayne Brown and Devante Clut are probably the best pickups from their off-season and the midfield is their strength, thought last week’s performance against Wellington showed that their defensive frailties of the past few years still exist and Nick Cowburn and second gamer Johnny Koutoumbis could be in for a torrid time against a pacy Melbourne City attack.
Possible Starting 11:
Cowburn Boogard Koutombis Vujica
Brown Nordstrand Hoffman
Prediction: Melbourne City 1-1 Newcastle. This just has a feel of a Melbourne City slip up game with a few players out and my regular level of disappointment about Melbourne City’s game style starting to creep back into my mind.
Played for both clubs: Jason Hoffman. One of the few players to successfully play nearly every position on the pitch (insert your own joke about how well he’s played at any one of those positions). Originally a Jets product, he came to Melbourne City with promise as an attacking option and when that didn’t work out, he became a fullback. A terrifyingly regular tale for players coming to Melbourne City. Has found his way back to Newcastle where he’s started playing up on the right flank again. Was part of the thankfully short-lived Coffee with Hoffy series.