Wanderers Vs Melbourne City Preview
The Start of a New Era – Kick off Sunday 7pm @AAMI park.
Following a disappointing draw against Melbourne Victory last week, the Wanderers will be looking to bounce back against their cross town rivals, Melbourne City. The game is the first official match for new boss, Josep Gombau, who has already touted during the week about potential formation changes and implementing a new system throughout the team. This has got fans licking their lips at the thought of Gombau increasing the attacking talent of an already excellent squad, on paper that is. For most, with our new head coach officially taking over, the season starts with this game.
The results haven’t all been pretty for the red and black, with last week displaying the extreme frustration present from last season, drawing the 4th game in a row, against 10 men. Meanwhile Melbourne City have been flying along nicely with 4 victories and only 1 loss to the smurfs last week. Ross McCornmack has hit the ground running in the A league and wide players, Bruce Kamau and Nick Fitzgerald, both look to be in the form of their lives. Last season It was even between the two sides last season when they each earned themselves a win and a draw against each other last year. In the draw however, there was the infamous Bulut decision which was ruled offside, we all know how that went…
Key Player: Vedran Janjetovic
In pre season the Wanderers only conceded a handful of goals throughout their many months preparing for the A league season. Since the season has started however, the Wanderers have failed to keep a clean sheet so far, conceding in all of their games. Janjetovic will be hoping to earn his first one sooner rather than later and Sunday looks to be the perfect opportunity against an in form Melbourne City.
Key Match up: Brendan Hamill vs Nick Fitzgerald
Hamill has started off this season the best he’s ever had at the red and black, scoring in the Sydney Derby and assisting Jumpei in the win against Perth. He’s been moved around regularly due to Risdon’s international duty and Thwaite’s injury, but whenever he’s had the chance to shine he’s more than risen to the occasion. On Sunday he comes up against one of the competition’s most improved wingers in Nick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald has started his season off in excellent fashion, scoring and assisting while always looking dangerous, Hamill is going to have his hands full.
Prediction: City 1- Wanderers 1
While Gombau will look to implement his new system as quickly and possible and look to turn the tide of results, it’s a tough ask to do so in just 1 week. City are coming off the back of their first loss and may feel a bit deflated, leaving both sides to end in a stalemate.