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City out for Sydney FC A-League payback

Melbourne City have lost their past six A-League clashes with Sydney FC before their latest clash at Jubilee Stadium - a situation they're determined to change.

City out for Sydney FC A-League payback

Melbourne City have lost their past six A-League clashes with Sydney FC before their latest clash at Jubilee Stadium - a situation they're determined to change.

SCOTT JAMIESON of Melbourne City makes a break during the A-League match between the Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City FC at QBE Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
SCOTT JAMIESON of Melbourne City makes a break during the A-League match between the Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City FC at QBE Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Picture:Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Melbourne City captain Scott Jamieson has laid down the gauntlet to his A-League side, challenging them to show their progression against Sydney FC on Sunday.

City head north without new signing Jamie Maclaren but with the memory of November's 3-0 home defeat by the Sky Blues still ringing in their ears.


That effort - labelled by coach Warren Joyce as "toothless" the worst of their season - was all the more gutting as it came in City's first home game of the season and in front of a bumper crowd of more than 12,000.

Since then, City haven't lost a home match and climbed to fourth in the table - with Sydney five points above them in third.

Jamieson said it was high time to close the gap with a performance that eliminated that memory.

"I wouldn't say we have something to prove against Sydney. We have something to prove against ourselves," he told AAP.

"It was our worst performance. We allowed Sydney to dominate.

"It was a real mark in the sand for us in terms of versing a top team and getting dismantled like we did. We've come a long way from there.

"But for us to say that is one thing, we want to really put it into actions. That will be key this weekend."

City won't have Maclaren, their new marquee-in-waiting, or Shayon Harrison, a loanee from Tottenham locked in on Saturday, in time for the Jubilee Stadium match as they travel from Europe.

Sydney FC will boast Reza Ghoochannejhad, their Iranian loan star, and could also return Rhyan Grant after Asian Cup duty and Jop van der Linden back into the team after injury.

Former City full-back Michael Zullo will miss through suspension.

Like teammate Rostyn Griffiths, Jamieson has experience playing with Maclaren at Perth Glory, welcoming him into the fold.

He said City had done well to secure a player in the middle of his career with plenty to prove.

"I think its a great signing in the sense that he's 25, a goal-scorer and leads the line for Australia," he said.

"He'll come back with his experiences from Germany and Scotland. Now he's playing in front of family and friends and he'll be hungry to do really well.

"That's a real key for a player coming back. They've got to have the hunger.

"It would be different if he was 35. He's 25. I only see him being hungry and scoring goals."

STATS THAT MATTER

* Sydney FC has the wood over Melbourne City, winning their past six meetings.

* The Sky Blues are loving playing at Jubilee Stadium, winning four straight and running up 10 goals in the process.

* Adam le Fondre leads the golden boot race with 11 goals. City's leading marksman is defender Ritchie de Laet with 6.

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