Match Preview: Western United vs Melbourne City

Western United face a tough test this Thursday evening, coming up against the in-form Melbourne City at AAMI Park.

Form guide

Western United: WLLWL

Melbourne City: WWWWW

United had a rest last week after their clash with Brisbane Roar was postponed due to concerns with the playing surface.

Their form prior to that was inconsistent, winning two and losing three matches from their past five.

Melbourne City is the in-form team of the league, winning a club-record six straight matches.

Patrick Kisnorbo’s men have scored 20 goals in the streak and have conceded just three.

Previous meetings

United is yet to get a win against their Victorian rivals, losing all five of their previous meetings.

Most recently United went down 2-1 to City in Matchweek 4 this season at AAMI Park.

Ivan Vujica put the Green and Black ahead in the first half but were denied any points as Craig Noone and Jamie Maclaren found the back of the net to hand City the win.

What Mark Rudan is saying

“For us it’s simple. We take it game by game.

“We don’t look too far ahead; we don’t look at anything else other than our opponent which is Melbourne City – the aim is to win that game.

“No doubt they’re a team in form and it’s our job to go out there and stop them in their tracks.

“We’ve prepared… we’ve had a few days now to prepare for this game and this test. The boys have somewhat freshened up by not having a game on the weekend.

“We’re looking forward to this test tomorrow which will show us what we’re made of.”

Stat of the week

  • Western United is undefeated at AAMI Park as hosts (W1, D1), keeping a clean sheet on both occasions.
  • Alessandro Diamanti has provided three assists for each of Besart Berisha and Dylan Pierias this A-League season, no player has provided more for another this campaign.