Western United v Melbourne City: match preview
Western United play their first ever Melbourne derby against local rivals Melbourne City on Sunday afternoon.
Mark Rudan's men backed up their inaugural victory against Wellington Phoenix with a 1-1 stalemate against Perth Glory in Round 2, with Kristian Popovic's strike denying the new kids on the block their first home victory in the Hyundai A-League.
United will seek to post their maiden victory in front of their faithful crowd when City arrive at GMHBA Stadium on Sunday.
City fell to a 4-0 loss against Adelaide United in the FFA Cup Final on Wednesday following a 2-1 victory against the Reds in Round 2.
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Sunday, 27 October 2019
Kick-off: 6.00pm AEDT
Venue: GMHBA Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Western United FC Squad: 1.Filip KURTO (GK), 2.Aaron CALVER, 3.Brendan HAMILL, 4.Andrew DURANTE, 5.Dylan PIERIAS, 6.Connor CHAPMAN, 8.Panagiotis KONE, 10.Scott MCDONALD, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Dario JERTEC, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 14.Max BURGESS, 15.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 17.Joshua CAVALLO, 18.Besart BERISHA, 19.Josh RISDON, 20.James DELIANOV (GK), 22.Ersan GULUM, 23.Alessandro DIAMANTI, 26.Kwabena APPIAH-KUBI
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 3.Brendan HAMILL (promoted), 13.Ivan VUJICA (promoted), 17.Joshua CAVALLO (promoted)
Outs: 27.Jerry SKOTADIS (not selected)
Unavailable: 7.Valentino YUEL (ankle – 5 weeks), 25.Luke DUZEL (International Duty), 9.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS (calf – 1 week)
Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Tom GLOVER (gk), 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8.Javier CABRERA, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 11.Craig NOONE, 13.Nathniel ATKINSON, 17.Denis GENREAU, 19.Lachlan WALES, 20.Adrian LUNA, 21.Ramy NAJJARINE, 22.Curtis GOOD, 23.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 30.Moudi NAJJAR, 34.Connor METCALFE, 40.Richard WINDBICHLER, 49.Stefan COLAKOVSKI
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 17.Denis GENREAU (promoted), 49.Stefan COLAKOVSKI (promoted)
Unavailable: 10.Florin BERENGUER (hamstring)
Did you know?
- Western United are undefeated after their first two Hyundai A-League matches (W1, D1). Only Adelaide United (W4, D2) and Gold Coast United (W3) have begun their tenures with longer unbeaten runs.
- Melbourne City defender Richard Windbichler became the first player in the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season to attempt 100+ passes in a match (104); 86 of them were successful, the most of any player in a game so far this campaign
- Western United have recorded the most shots on target from outside the box (8) of any team this season, at least double the amount of any other side.