Written by Keegan Pulik
Melbourne City bounced back in impressive fashion last week defeating a struggling Adelaide side 4-2 in convincing manner at Hindmarsh Stadium. Erik Paartalu opened the scoring early in the match before Aaron Mooy scored a cracker to double the league 10 minutes before half time. The lead was extended further when “El Tuna” Bruno Fornaroli scored City’s 3rd before Adelaide got one back on them. El Tuna completed his brace in the 71st minute when he scored Melbourne’s 4 of the evening, and despite Adelaide getting a late penalty which they converted, City were never troubled in this match, with another dominating performance by Aaron Mooy. This week sees the return of Corey Gameiro who returns from injury but also sees the omission of Mooy due to international duty.
Western Sydney may have got the win last week but it was by no means convincing. In a match at Hunter Stadium that was very scrappy game with both teams left ruing missed opportunities. The match sprung to life in the 73rd when Enver Alivodic opened the score line in what was a confusion between both the referee and his main assistant trying to determine who was offside and whether the ball crossed the line. In which case Alivodic was offside but the linesman did not rule it that way. Was only a matter of minutes later when Milos Trifunovic pushed over Brendan Santalab in the penalty area, and despite Santalab making a meal of it there was no doubt in the referee's mind when he pointed towards the penalty area. With the scores equalised after Andreu converted the penalty it took a poor defensive error of not closing the man with the ball down to allow Mitch Nicholls to unleash a shot from range to have it dip under the outstretched arms of Birighitti giving Western Sydney a late lead that they wouldn’t lose from there.
With only Shannon Cole missing this week from the Wanderers due to injury, they go into the match full strength on the back of two straight wins, although win Gameiro back, Novillo back, Sorensen who can produce magic when called upon, Paartalu and El Tuna Fornaroli in good form I think City will be too good this week.
Newysports' Panel Tips:
Keegan’s Tip: 2-0 City
Ty’s Tip: 2-1 City
Alex’s Tip: 3-2 Wanderers