Besart Berisha (L) and Craig Noone (R) face off ahead of the derby on Thursday night. Photo: Luca Catalano

Western United have never beaten Melbourne City. With City running hot on a six-game win streak, is an upset out of reach on Thursday night?

In the small history of the club, Western United have never defeated Melbourne City.

City hold a clean record of five games for five wins, and will be tested in another derby on Thursday night.

Winger Craig Noone isn’t focusing on the stat, keeping his eyes firmly squared on the game ahead.

“I don’t think we look at that, we just take each game as it comes,” he said.

“We’ve been on a good run, but we can’t stop, we just need to keep going and keep being as best as we can.

“We can’t take our foot off the gas and relax. We have to keep going and keep up the momentum.”

City has won its past six A-League games, the form team of the competition.

This has included a dominant 6-0 win over fellow rivals Melbourne Victory, as well as wins over finals contenders in the Central Coast Mariners, Sydney FC, Macarthur and Western Sydney.

Noone credits the belief the team holds for its incredible run.

“I know for a fact we can beat anyone on our day, and it’s shown,” he said.

“The belief in the squad is that we can beat anyone on our day and that’s important to us.”

Experienced striker and Socceroo Jamie Maclaren currently leads the Golden Boot tally with 12 goals.

Fresh off winning the award last year, he’s added a different dimension to City’s offensive game since joining the club in 2019.

Noone believes his side stands a little bit taller knowing Maclaren is floating around the goals every match.

“Macca’s going to score goals, his goalscoring is phenomenal,” he said.

“I think I go into a game slightly confident that Macca’s going to score each and every game, and he gets that feeling.

“When he doesn’t score, he’s not a happy man!”

Will we see an upset from the West?

Western United star Besart Berisha is backing his struggling side in to win its first ever derby against City.

Amongst game postponements, United have won just four games for the season, losing three of its last five.

The new kids from the west were downed 2-1 by City back in January.

Like his rival in Noone, Berisha isn’t focusing on the statistics of the upcoming match.

“I don’t believe in [superstition] too much,” he said.

“I just believe that Melbourne City play really well every time we play against them, and they play great football.

“We need now to rethink and prepare well against City.

“To win against Melbourne City, you have to play your best football.

“We didn’t do that in the previous games, and we hope now we’re ready and prepared for them.”

Berisha on Monday. Photo: Luca Catalano

Berisha was full of praise for his cross-town rivals, noting in particular their strong performance against the Wanderers.

“Everybody sees how great they’re doing,” he said.

“They have a great momentum going, and it feels like the understanding in the team of the way they play, they’re really gelling.

“It’s going to be very tough, but it’s a derby game, we’re really looking forward to that.

“We’re rested, we want to play exactly those games.

“These are the games every football player wants to play, where the team is in great momentum.

“We want to play against those teams, and we’re ready.”

Despite a lowly 10th placing on the table currently, United are still every shot to reach finals.

Having played three less games than some teams, the games in hand will keep the side in good stead.

“We have three or four games less than other teams, and we’re still in the reach where we can be there,” Berisha said.

“We need to find this consistency this year, we win one game, we lose one game.

“We need to find the balance and go on the road and win more games.

“We have the team, we have everything it takes to be in the finals.

“I’m hoping we can start soon and get the momentum going and win more games in a row.

“It’s going to be a tough one because we have so many catch-up games.

“We will have to play three games in nine or ten days, and it’s going to be really challenging.

“I believe we have the squad and the strength to do it.

“Everything is possible in football.”

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