City’s toughest test to lock up top spot

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The Premiers Plate awaits Melbourne City if they can grab three points against Central Coast Mariners at home on Saturday.

A City win will push them too far in front of second place Sydney FC and their opponents, the Mariners, who sit in third place.

Melbourne have flexed their muscles in recent months going undefeated since the start of April, their 2-1 loss to Western United the only defeat since early February.

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City, who have played finals football every season since 2014, will be looking to get their first piece of A-League silverware having only a 2015/16 FFA Cup title to show for it.

While their attacking flair of previous seasons is still evident, a much-improved defensive resolve has been a highlight of the ladder leader’s campaign thus far.

The Melbourne outfit shared the points against Western, the tense encounter seeing a different looking City outfit take the field following three games within a week.

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The stage is now set to for City to clinch the Premiers Plate against a fellow finals contender, who need to find form when it is needed most.

After a dream start to their A-League campaign, the Mariners have struggled to continue the form which saw them top the table earlier this season.

With only two wins since April 1, Central Coast will be looking to build off a 1-0 win over last placed Newcastle Jets and secure their first finals birth since 2014.

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The Saturday evening clash at AAMI Park kicks off at 7.10pm AEST.

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Matthew Tsimpikas
Sports lover studying journalism at the Queensland University of Technology. Covering Brisbane Roar FC in the 2020/21 A-League and W-League.

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