Melbourne City confident it can cover for Mooy

Jacob Melling of Melbourne City is challenged by Mateo Poljak of the Western Sydney Wanderers  at AAMI Park last season. Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images.
Jacob Melling of Melbourne City is challenged by Mateo Poljak of the Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park last season. Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images.

MELBOURNE City will be without marquee man Aaron Mooy against the Wanderers at AAMI Park tonight, but the team is confident it can cover for its star away on Socceroos duty.

Two midfielders who have stood up for City this season have been Stefan Mauk and Jacob Melling, both impressing in their team's 4-2 win over Adelaide United last Thursday night.

It was Melling who set up Mooy's goal, the Socceroo taking advantage with a scorching drive which cannoned in off the underside of the crossbar.

Mooy is the top assister in the A-League, and has been involved in five of his club's goals (two goals, three assists).

Aaron Mooy.
Aaron Mooy. JOE CASTRO/AAP

"Even though he (Mooy) is not there, we still have a strong enough squad to get the three points," Melling said.

"He's definitely an asset to our team but I think with the other players that we have there, we are very capable of picking up the three points and doing the things we've been doing."

Western Sydney is one spot behind City in sixth, and it has won its past two games against Newcastle and Perth.

Wanderers goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne will take on his former club, and will be kept on high alert by the league's leading goal-scorer, City striker Bruno Fornaroli (five).

City has lost three of its four home matches against the Wanderers. But it did win 2-1 in the last encounter.

The Wanderers have failed to keep a clean sheet in their past 20 away games, conceding 36 - their longest ever run.



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