Suspension-hit City keen to face Wanderers

Anna Harrington
Erick Mombaerts says he's constantly looking for improvement without changing things up too much

Melbourne City are without two suspended in-form players but confident of maintaining their strong A-League form when they host Western Sydney at AAMI Park on Saturday.

City are minus Adrian Luna and Rostyn Griffiths (yellow card accumulation) but coach Erick Mombaerts is emphasising the need to back up a statement win over Perth Glory.

They also claimed both previous encounters against Western Sydney but Jean Paul de Marigny has since replaced Markus Babbel as Wanderers coach.

"They have changed their coach but they haven't changed their style too much," Mombaerts said.

"We've seen the last game against Brisbane - they haven't changed too much.

"All A-League games are difficult to play but for us it's the same idea - we try to set up our style first, we adjust maybe some little things but we have to keep focused on the way we want to.

"Every game we try to improve a little detail but we don't change too much ... but we respect this team - they're strong (and) very athletic so we need to be ready to face this team."

Harrison Delbridge will slot in at centre-back, while Connor Metcalfe is in contention to replace Luna.

The Wanderers are three points outside the top six and coming off a 3-1 loss to Brisbane - a result de Marigny considered a "little setback".

"(City are) a good side, they've got some good players and are very well coached," de Marigny said.

"But so are we; we're one of the form teams at the moment.

"So we're looking forward to playing against them and there's a few areas we feel we can hurt them, and that's important that we're ready for those moments."

As of Friday, the game was scheduled to go ahead as planned despite concerns over the coronavirus.

STATS THAT MATTER

* City have won four of their past five meetings with Western Sydney (L1), more than they won in their previous 17 clashes (W3, D4, L10).

* City have kept a clean sheet in three of their past four games at AAMI Park, picking up three wins and a draw.

* Four of the Wanderers' past five goals have been scored by Mitch Duke - the striker has scored 44 per cent of Western Sydney's goals this season.

Stats provided by Opta