Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City Preview

The first derby of the season is upon us! After a disappointing 1-1 draw last week against the Newcastle Jets, Melbourne City face an in-form Melbourne Victory in front of a sold out crowd at Etihad Stadium.

Melbourne Heart always lifted for a derby, and Melbourne City fans will be hoping the new team continues that tradition. Despite David Villa’s lethal touch, which has seen him make the most of the few chances he has had to score, Melbourne City continue to struggle to turn dominance into goals, and with Koren not expected to make his first appearance for a while yet, there are real question marks over the team’s creative ability. Creating some clear cut chances for Villa and others will be crucial to the chances of Melbourne City tonight. The defence is unlikely to be able to stop the Victory attack, so City will need at least a couple of goals here.

It’s early in the season, but Victory have already shown signs of what they are capable of. They have a strong attack, which is likely to menace teams all season long. With the defensive abilities of the Melbourne City fullbacks questionable, and the lack of an A-League quality keeper defending the City goal, Victory will fancy themselves to get on the score board tonight. But can their defence contain the Melbourne City attack lead by David Villa?

This one is definitely not ending as a scoreless draw.

Line ups
Melbourne Victory Squad:
1.Nathan COE (GK)
5.Mark MILLIGAN (C)
6.Leigh BROXHAM
7.Gui FINKLER
8.Besart BERISHA
9.Kosta BARBAROUSES
10.Archie THOMPSON
11.Connor PAIN
14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH
15.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI
16.Rashid MAHAZI
17.Matthieu DELPIERRE
18.Dylan MURNANE
20.Lawrence THOMAS (GK)
21.Carl VALERI
22.Jesse MAKAROUNAS
23.Adrian LEIJER
24.Scott GALLOWAY
two to be omitted

Ins:
18.Dylan MURNANE (returns from international duty)
22.Jesse MAKAROUNAS (promoted)
24.Scott GALLOWAY (returns from international duty)

Outs:
2.Jason GERIA (ankle)

Melbourne City Squad:
1.Andrew REDMAYNE (GK)
3.Robbie WIELAERT
5.Erik PAARTALU
6.Aaron MOOY
7.Iain RAMSAY
8.Massimo MURDOCCA
9.David VILLA
11.Damien DUFF
14.James BROWN
15.David WILLIAMS
17.Jason HOFFMAN
18.Paulo RETRE
20.Tando VELAPHI (GK)
23.Mate DUGANDZIC
24.Patrick KISNORBO (C)
25.Jacob MELLING
26.Marc MARINO
27.Ross ARCHIBALD
two to be omitted

Ins:
25.Jacob MELLING (promoted)
26.Marc MARINO (promoted)

Outs:
Nil

Prediction
We are likely to see a few goals tonight, but there isn’t a lot separating the teams if Melbourne City lift for this derby game as expected. A 2-2 draw looks to be on the cards here.

Betting Odds
Melbourne Victory are the favourites today, and are paying $2.30 for the win, while a Melbourne City win will see you receive $3.10. A draw between these two teams is paying $3.50.

Match Details
Who: Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City
When: 7:30 PM, Saturday 25th October 2014
Where: Etihad Stadium