Melbourne Derby: Heart vs Victory – A-League live scores, blog
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Carlos Hernandez (right) of Melbourne Victory contests the ball against Fred of Melbourne Heart, during their round 12 match of the A-League season at AAMI park in Melbourne on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. (AAP Image/Joe Castro)
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Melb Victory V Melb Heart
ETIHAD STADIUM, MELBOURNE, VIC, 5 OCTOBER 2012
|Melb Victory||Match Completed||Melb Heart|
|1||HALF TIME SCORE||2|
|3||SHOTS ON GOAL||6|
Melbourne will be set alight tonight when Melbourne Victory host Melbourne Heart in what shapes as another fierce derby to open the A-League season. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 7.30pm AEST.
As Melbourne’s two representatives in Australia’s highest domestic football competition, the Victory and Heart will be sure to field their strongest possible teams to gain the early advantage over their crosstown opponents.
Both teams escaped the limelight for the most part during the offseason, with much of the hype going to the Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets and the Wanderers as a result of their big name (and big money) signings.
Victory, however, pulled off quite a coup with coercing their new manager Ange Postecoglou away from his comfortable position with the Brisbane Roar, and will be banking on his influence to pay immediate dividends.
Postecoglou has a number of attacking options to consider for the opener. With the departure of Harry Kewell, Victory fans can expect to see Marco Rojas and Archie Thompson on the flanks, feeding the ball to the more central Marcos Flores and Guilherme Finkler.
The South American partnership of Flores and Finkler, who looked particularly dangerous in their last friendly match with Perth Glory, will be the key to the Victory attack.
Their fast, fluid pass-and-move plays will be keeping the Heart defence busy right until the final whistle.
The Heart, meanwhile, will take bags of confidence away from their performance last season.
Manager John Aloisi will be hoping that finishing above their crosstown rivals and securing a finals berth last year will provide the momentum required to build a club capable of challenging for the title.
Perhaps the most exciting addition to the Heart is former West Ham and Hull City winger Richard Garcia.
Having experienced football in England at the highest level for nearly 10 years, the Socceroo will bring valuable experience and leadership qualities that Heart Manager John Aloisi, and his team mates will greatly appreciate.
The match will be won and lost in midfield. Any loose ball needs to be won by the Heart in order to starve an impressive Victory front four.
It will be a close match, as Heart probably have the edge over their local rivals in the middle of the park, but I think Victory will outclass their young neighbours.
Finishing below the Heart last season will sting for the two-time champions Victory and they will be playing for a win, rather than hoping for just a point to start their campaign.
Victory 3-1 Heart.
Who gets the jump on their rivals to open the eighth instalment of the A-League? Join us for live updates from 7.30pm AEST tonight to find out and if you’re following along, leave a comment in the space below.
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10' YELLOW CARD - Patrick Gerhardt (Melb Heart)
14' GOAL - David Williams (Melb Heart)
25' GOAL - Marco Rodrigo Rojas (Melb Victory)
27' YELLOW CARD - Richard Garcia (Melb Heart)
43' YELLOW CARD - Jonathan Bru (Melb Victory)
45 + 2' GOAL - Dylan Macallister (Melb Heart)
56' YELLOW CARD - 'Fred' Helbert Frederico Carreiro Da Silva (Melb Heart)
90 + 3' YELLOW CARD - Mate Dugandzic (Melb Heart)
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