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Melbourne City FC
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Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory meet at AAMI Park in a much anticipated Match Week 5 A-League Men derby. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7.45pm (AEDT).
Riding high on the ladder after three wins from its first four matches, Melbourne Victory reaches a fork in the road in the shape of cross town rivals City, in a potential test of just how sustainable their early season form will be.
Another solid performance against the Reds last week sees Victory enter this fixture with great confidence and a potential opportunity to shoot to the top of ladder should Western United have slipped up in any way on Friday night.
Melbourne City are playing well, yet not quite at the level they managed consistently throughout much of 2020/2021. Fourth on the ladder, a win here would see them assert themselves back at the pointy end, whereas a loss could well mire them in the middle of the pack. It will all come down to just how far Tony Popovic has brought his Victory team in such a short space of time.
A loss will earth them in the reality that there is still a long way to go. A win will prove they are well and truly back in the hunt for the A-League Men championship.
This will be a gripping affair. Victory will attempt to blunt the attacking prowess of City up front, perhaps hoping to snatch a winner on the counter. It could go either way, yet I’ll predict City may well have a little too much cohesion for the still improving Victory and will find the goal that decides the contest.
Follow all the action on The Roar live coverage from 7.45pm (AEDT).
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off: Saturday December 18th 2021, 7.45pm (AEDT)
TV: Network 10, Paramount+
Betting: Melbourne City $1.59 Draw $4.10 Melbourne Victory $4.90 odds via PlayUp
Melbourne City Squad: Tom Glover, Scott Galloway, Scott Jamieson, Nuno Reis, Rostyn Griffiths, Mat Leckie, Aiden O’Neill, Jamie Maclaren, Florin Berenguer, Nathaniel Atkinson, Andrew Nabbout, Taras Gomulka, Stefan Colakovski, Connor Metcalfe, Curtis Good, Marco Tilio, Matt Sutton, Jordon Hall, Manuel Pucciarelli.
Melbourne Victory Squad: Matt Acton, Jason Geria, Jason Davidson, Rai Marchan, Matthew Spiranovic, Leigh Broxham, Chris Ikonomidis, Joshua Brillante, Francesco Margiotta, Robbie Kruse, Ben Folami, Birkan Kirdar, Jay Barnett, Aaron Anderson, Stefan Nigro, Brendan Hamill, Nick D’Agostino, Ivan Kelava, Roderick Miranda, Jake Brimmer, Marco Rojas, Gianluca Iannucci, Jerrad Tyson.