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Melbourne City will be looking to bounce back from their Derby defeat last week when they host Perth

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Wed, 21 Dec, 5:48 PM

MELBOURNE CITY V PERTH GLORY Tuesday night, AAMI Park

Melbourne City will be looking to bounce back from their Derby defeat last week when they host Perth on Tuesday.

It was City's first defeat in four outings against Melbourne Victory and the loss would have hurt even more after they gave up a 1-0 lead to eventually fall 2-1.

Their form has been patchy to say the least over the past six weeks but there is no doubt that Perth would definitely take those results over their own.

The Glory were expected to be one of the teams to beat throughout the season but the last six weeks have been a horror show for Kenny Lowe's side, losing four of six and winning just one match during that run.

SLIDING SCALE

It's hard to determine exactly what's gone wrong for Perth.

On paper they have a squad that can trouble any side in the competition with Andy Keogh and Adam Taggart one of the more formidable strike duos in the league.

They have just seven goals in their last six games and were held scoreless by Central Coast three weeks ago when suffering a 2-0 loss in Gosford.

Usually very tough to beat at home they go into this road trip having suffered back-to-back defeats at nib Stadium to Newcastle (1-2) and Sydney FC (1-4).

BOUNCE BACK

You can expect some bounce back factor from Melbourne City after they lost to the Victory last week.

It was their first loss since Round 5 and judging by their stats so far in 2016/17, they are a better team at home than they are away when it comes scoring.

City average 1.66 goals per game when playing at home and have 10 goals in six games, which signals trouble for Perth's defence who have conceded the most in the league (2.09 gpg).

THE HISTORY

Perth will derive some confidence from the fact they beat Melbourne City at this very ground back in Round 5.

That day Andy Keogh struck a hat-trick as the visitors grabbed a 3-2 win - their first in five games against City.

HOW IT PANS OUT

We can only see this game going one way.

Perth have just the solitary away win this season and that was against City but a draw and three losses definitely isn't good reading if you want to back them.

More concerning is that they have only scored six goals in five away fixtures, which is only better than Wellington, Adelaide and Newcastle when it comes to playing away.

Their troubles can be defined by last week's game against Sydney FC when they took the lead thanks to Adam Taggart in the 20th minute, only to give up the lead just a minute later when Alex Brosque scored. The Glory players slumped and their confidence looked shot.

Up against a Melbourne City side that boasts a number of attacking players like Bruno Fornaroli, Luke Brattan, Tim Cahill and Fernando Brandan, their defence is set for a torrid time.

Liam Reddy has been fantastic in goals for Perth and if he can produce the sort of form he has showed this season then he will definitely give his side a chance, however, if the guys in front of him aren't doing their job then this is only going to end in tears.

THE TIP: MELBOURNE CITY

TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: Definitely OVERS
- in their past six clashes there has been an average of 4.33 goals scored!

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