These teams will round out their finals preparations with a clash at nib Stadium.
Both sides will be in action next week but they will also want to take the three points here to ensure they hit the Elimination Finals with a bit of confidence too.
Perth got back to their winning ways with a 3-1 win over Brisbane at home in Round 26 while Melbourne City got the job done thanks to a Tim Cahill header against Adelaide 1-0.
MUCH NEEDED WIN
Kenny Lowe would have been delighted to see his side put three past the Roar last week and return to the winners circle. It was just their first win in a month and the first time they scored more than one goal in a match since drawing 3-3 with Wellington five rounds ago.
Perth’s ‘Big Three’ were all on the scoresheet last week and expect them (Taggart, Keogh, Castro) to play a key role in this fixture.
If they are to get the points here though they will need to break somewhat of an unusual hoodoo of just one win in their past nine Sunday fixtures.
MELBOURNE CITY recovered from back-to-back losses to scrap home against fallen champions Adelaide last week.
The side needed a touch of brilliance from marquee man Timmy Cahill but it was enough to get them back into the top four with one round remaining. While coach Michael Valkanis would have been happy with the three points, there is no doubting that something’s not quite right with them at the moment.
Back the Overs when it comes to Total Goals.
A whopping 32 goals have been scored in their past seven clashes at an average of 4.57 gpg. Over 2.5 looks a morale off the back of that stat, so it’s best to go for some value and take Over 3.5 at $7 with Unibet.
Perth fans will take some comfort in the fact that they haven’t lost the past seven times they have hosted City, winning six of those and drawing the other match.
We expect to see plenty of goals in this one.
Perth’s 48 goals leading into this round has them ranked equal second in attack in the A-league with Melbourne Victory and only behind Sydney FC. The big caveat here is that they have conceded 49 for the season with only the Jets having a worse defence.
Melbourne City has plenty of firepower in their squad with the likes of Bruno Fornaroli and Tim Cahill capable of finding the net from anywhere. The team has 45 goals for the season to be a clear third in the attacking stats.
We think Perth might just have the edge especially when you consider this will be their second straight home fixture and the additional rest from not having to travel has to count for something.
We think there is value to be found with the likes of Bruno Fornaroli to Score A Goal ($3.10 @ Sportsbet) considering he has found the back of the net seven times in the past six games against Perth. Similarly, Diego Castro has four in his past six against City while earlier this season Keogh scored a hat-trick in this fixture as Perth beat City 3-2. They are good choices for 1st Goalscorer.
OVER 3.5 GOALS