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Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City A-League Preview and Team News - City and Victory clash in blockbuster Melbourne derby

Andrew Hendrie 12 Oct 2017
  • Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City clash on Saturday
  • Victory have won the last two derbies by a 2-1 scoreline
Victory and City meet on Saturday

A blockbuster Melbourne derby awaits at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night as Victory and City duel for early-season bragging rights.

It’s only the second round of the 2017/18 A-League season, but we’ve already been blessed with two massive games - both involving last year’s runner-ups MelbourneVictory, who after falling 1-0 to Sydney FC in last week’s ‘Big Blue’ Grand Final rematch, will look to avoid consecutive defeats to open the campaign when they face bitter rivals Melbourne City in what should be another juicy derby showdown.

Victory narrowly went down to reigning premiers Sydney in what was a largely cagey affair, but they’ve received a big boost for this clash, with Mark Milligan, James Troisi and Kosta Barbarouses named in the squad following the international break.

Argentine playmaker Matias Sanchez is also in line to make his A-League debut after missing the season opener with a hamstring injury. It’s a dangerous attacking line-up once again for Victory, with the A-League’s all-time leading goalscorer Besart Berisha declaring his side will claim all three points on Saturday night.

“It’s a big game, we’re really looking forward to that,” Berisha said. “I think we were very unlucky last Saturday but our performance was good. Everything that was asked from the boys, we did.
“I’m very confident we can (bounce back), we have a great team.”

Meanwhile, City will be looking to make it two wins from two to start the season after they registered a clinical 2-0 win over Brisbane Roar last week, with winger Bruce Kamou bagging the first brace of his A-League career.

City will also welcome back Socceroos hero Tim Cahill into the squad - although it remains to be seen how the club will utilise the 37-year-old after he played 120 minutes and scored two goals in Australia’s tense World Cup qualifying win over Syria at ANZ Stadium on Tuesday.

Scottish striker Ross McCormack will relish playing in a big derby and will be keen to build on his impressive debut last week, while Polish midfielder Marcin Budzinski will be looking for more game time after being used as a substitute last week.

City won the first derby last season - highlighted by a stunning 40m Cahill thunderbolt - but Victory won the other two games by a 2-1 scoreline. It’s always tough to pick early-season A-League games, especially derbies, but I’m leaning on the side of City for this clash. Warren Joyce’s side looked in great shape last week and a possible combination of McCormack and Cahill up front is intimidating if you’re a Victory fan. I think Victory are still finding their feet this season - back City to edge home.

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  • Victory have won the last two Melbourne derbies by a 2-1 scoreline
  • Victory have only lost their first two games of the season once (2012/13)
  • Warren Joyce is looking to become the first City manager to win their first A-League games in charge

Teams


Melbourne City FC Squad: 1. Dean Bouzanis, 2. Manny Muscat, 3. Scott Jamieson, 5. Bart Schenkeveld, 6. Osama Malik, 7. Nick Fitzgerald, 8. Neil Kilkenny, 9. Marcelo Carrusca, 11. Bruce Kamau, 12. Braedyn Crowley, 13. Stefan Mauk, 17. Tim Cahill, 18. Eugene Galekovic, 22. Michael Jakobsen, 25. Iacopo La Rocca, 26. Luke Brattan, 27. Marcin Budzinski, 44. Ross McCormack

Ins: 8. Neil Kilkenny (promoted), 17.Tim Cahill (returns from international duty)
 

Outs: nil

Melbourne Victory Squad: 1. Matt Acton (GK), 2. Jason Geria, 4. Rhys Williams, 5. Mark Milligan, 6. Leigh Broxham, 8. Besart Berisha, 9. Kosta Barbarouses, 10. James Troisi, 11. Mitch Austin, 14. Thomas Deng, 16. Josh Hope, 17. James Donachie, 18. Matias Sanchez, 20. Lawrence Thomas (GK), 21. Carl Valeri ©, 22. Stefan Nigro, 23. Jai Ingham, 41. Leroy George

In: Mark Milligan, Kosta Barbarouses, James Troisi, Matias Sanchez

Out: Pierce Waring, Christian Theoharous


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