Thursday Night Football preview: A-League – April 1

Western United will be seeking to break a hoodoo and claim their first ever points against scorching-hot Melbourne City, and the ladder-leading Central Coast Mariners are aiming to correct course when they host another of the A-League's in-form sides, Adelaide United, on Thursday.

Western United have locked horns with City on five occasions in their short A-League history, with the Bundoora outfit coming out on top every time to the tune of an aggregate score of 12 goals to five, ahead of their 5.35pm AEDT encounter at AAMI Park.

The Victorian state rivals' most recent clash on January 16 was the closest Mark Rudan's charges have come, when an 84th-minute Jamie Maclaren goal proved decisive for Patrick Kisnorbo's team in a 2-1 triumph, a game where Western United perhaps had the edge heading into the closing stages.

To write a page of club history in the Matchweek 15 opener, the Green and Black will have to pull out all of the stops against an opposition running wild in recent weeks, racking up an all-time team record of six straight wins and scoring 20 goals in the process.

City sit ominously poised in third place on the ladder, two points off the top with two games in hand, and a win in a nominal away game against a team they have never dropped a point against would send them surging to first place, temporarily at least.

Alen Stajcic's high-flying Mariners can reclaim their position at the summit if they can upend Carl Veart's fast-rising Reds in the second match of the double header at 7.40pm AEDT. The side from Gosford are winless in three games and clinging on to top spot by their fingertips ahead of the clash against Carl Veart's troops, who are another side on a superb, six-match winning streak.

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Match details

Western United v Melbourne City
Thursday, 1 April 2021
Venue: AAMI Park
Kick-off: 5.35pm AEDT
Broadcast: Fox Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Matchweek 15: Western United v Melbourne City

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Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United
Thursday, 1 April 2021
Venue: Central Coast Stadium
Kick-off: 7.40pm AEDT
Broadcast: Fox Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Follow @ALeague on Twitter and join the conversation using #WUNvMCY #ALeague

Matchweek 15: Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United

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