墨尔本城 Melbourne City
- 成立年份：2008 (前身为墨尔本雄心)
- Paddy Power夺冠赔率：5.00
Last Season: 10th (last)
Manager: John Van***8217;t Schip
Preferred formation/s: 4-3-3
IN - James Brown (From Newcastle Jets), Connor Chapman (From Newcastle Jets), Damien Duff (From Fulham FC), Robert Koren (From Hull City), Marc Marino (From Australian Institute of Sport), Jacob Melling (From Adelaide United), Aaron Mooy (From Western Sydney Wanderers), Erik Paartalu (From Muangthong United), Paulo Retre (From Melbourne City Youth), David Villa (Guest Stint/Loan from New York City FC)
OUT - Aziz Behich (Loan Expiry), Orlando Engelaar (Released), Patrick Gerhardt (Released), Harry Kewell (Retired), Sam Mitchinson (Released), David Vrankovic (Released), Jeremy Walker (Released)
Team summary: No club, perhaps in A-League history, has gone through such a large transformation in such a short space of time. Melbourne City, the old Melbourne Heart, has an opportunity to start anew following the influx of oil money from the Arab consortium that owns Premier League club, Manchester City. Everything from the squad depth down to the training methods and facilities have been improved so it will be interesting to see just how far John Van't Schip can take last season's cellar dwellers.
Conclusion: Unlike last term when Van't Schip took over from John Aloisi midway through the season, the City gaffer has had a full pre-season to implement his style and methods. No shortage of quality has been brought into the squad with the acquisition of Spain's all-time leading goal scorer, David Villa (on a 10-game guest stint), as well as former Premier League stars Damien Duff and Robert Koren, among others. On paper, no side in the A-League has a better attacking unit but the defence looks somewhat neglected. Irrespective of this, I expect Melbourne City's firepower to propel them into the finals.
Predicted finish: 3rd