A-League Finals: Melbourne City vs Perth Glory – We ask the fans

A-League Finals: Melbourne City vs Perth Glory – We ask the fans

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Fresh from Easter Sunday’s crazy 5-4 game at nib Stadium, Melbourne City and Perth Glory will resume hostilities at AAMI Park on Sunday.

The teams will do battle in search of a place in the semi-finals, and by the time we have a winner, their opponents in the next round will be known.

We spoke to representatives from each of the club’s unofficial fan channels, Talking City and The Far Post Perth, looking to gauge the feeling among the fans ahead of the game.

On either side of the coin is Talking City‘s Matty Bonnici and The Far Post Perth‘s Blayne Treadgold.

Outside90: There’s been a few high-stakes matchups between City and Glory. What’s been your favourite?

Matty Bonnici: Has to be the elimination final last season for sure, the club’s first home final. A solid win and an absolutely brilliant goal from Bruno, what’s not to love?

O90: Sum up Glory fans in a word?

MB: Bitter.

O90: Which Glory player is the biggest threat to your chances?

MB: Diego Castro. Easily one of the best players in the competition (probably second only to Ninkovic), has the ability to turn a game on its head as he did in the 3-3 draw.

O90: Which Glory player is a liability to be exploited?

MB: Marc Warren if he plays. Conceded a couple of penalties in that crazy match at AAMI earlier in the season.

Talking City – Part of the Outside90 Fan Network

O90: How have you seen City’s season so far?

MB: Underwhelming. Given how good Sydney have been it’s hard to make a claim that we should be sitting top of the table but with the squad we have we should certainly be a lot closer to them than we are. The FFA Cup papers over the cracks somewhat, but we’ve been far too erratic and open at the back.

O90: Give your season so far a mark out of 10?

MB: 6.5/10

O90: How would you line up on Sunday?

MB: (4-4-2) Sorensen, Franjic, Tongyik, Jakobsen, Rose, Kilkenny, Caceres, Fitzgerald, Colazo, Bruno, Cahill.

O90: What’s your score prediction?

MB: 2-1 to City.

O90: How far will City go this finals series?

MB: We’ll get eliminated by Sydney next week.

O90: Describe each of the following in a word:

MB: Kenny Lowe – Hilarious

Diego Castro – Diver

Andy Keogh – Criminal

Liam Reddy – Almunia


Outside90: There’s been a few high-stakes matchups between City and Glory. What’s been your favourite?

Blayne Treadgold: Beating City 3-2 in Round 3 this year was one of our best away performances in recent memory. We showed plenty of fight and character, passions were certainly on display that night as Kenny Lowe got sent to the stands at half time.

O90: Sum up City fans in a word?

BT: Few.

O90: Which City player is the biggest threat to your chances?

BT: They have many players that can do damage but Bruno Fornaroli or Tim Cahill seem to be the most likely.

The Far Post Perth – Part of the Outside90 Fan Network

O90: Which City player is a liability to be exploited?

BT: All of them, we know they are a team that we can get under their skin and they will generally lose their heads as we saw in Round 3. Neil Kilkenny seems to lose his head easily.

O90: How have you seen Glory’s season so far?

BT: Silly mistakes and results throughout the season have seen us finish fifth when we should have been pushing for a top three spot. Not having a stable back four has seen us leak far too many goals but doesn’t excuse the other fundamental errors which has cost us points, all season long.

O90: How would you line up on Sunday?

BT: If all available: (4-4-2) Reddy, Mills, Goian, Djulbic, Risdon, Griffiths, Wilson, R.Williams Castro, Keogh, Taggart. Subs: Marinkovic, Harold, Warren, Knowles.

O90: What’s your score prediction?

BT: We’re due a bit of luck… Perth to win on pens.

O90: How far will Glory go this finals series?

BT: Semi-finals.

O90: Describe each of the following in a word:

BT: Michael Valkanis – Rookie

Tim Cahill – Dangerous

Neil Kilkenny – Sook

Bruno Fornaroli – Theatrical

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