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What better start to Round 18 of the A-League than a derby between Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park. Tune in to The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, with the game commencing at 7:30pm (AEDT).
Melbourne City were the victims of awful news during the week, with injury replacement centre back Jack Hendry undergoing knee surgery following a torn medial collateral ligament in the last ten seconds of Melbourne City’s clash with Adelaide United. Hendry will probably return later in the season but will be out for the majority of the rest of the campaign.
This will most likely see Erick Mombaerts switch from the 3-5-2 of recent weeks to a 4-2-3-1, which was what they played during the first half of the season. With Hendry injured and Harrison Delbridge suspended following his red card against Adelaide United, the centre back stocks remain thin and Rostyn Griffiths will most likely resume the role of centre back alongside Curtis Good.
City also welcome back Adrian Luna from injury and club captain Scott Jamieson from suspension.
Melbourne Victory have had a rollercoaster run of a season so far, but a win may see them finally gain some stability.
Melbourne Victory made a signing during the week, as former Central Coast Mariners Giancarlo Gallifuoco joins the club on a six-month deal, which will add much-needed depth to both the midfield and defensive lines.
In other good news for Melbourne Victory, both Tim Hoogland and Robbie Kruse have been added back into the side, following a long injury for Hoogland and a short stint on the sidelines for Kruse.
Hoogland’s last game for Melbourne Victory came after he was thrust straight back into the starting 11 in this fixture almost seven weeks ago, but things didn’t end well and he faced a lengthy stint on the sidelines, so he most likely won’t start despite improving his team considerably.
Melbourne Victory are coming off an impressive 2-2 draw against Perth Glory and will be looking to continue their good form here.
Because of Melbourne City’s lack of mental stability in pressure situations, most people are seeming to predict Melbourne Victory to win this clash, making them slight underdogs, which could mentally be enough to spur them onto a win. 2-1 to City.
Remember to join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, with the ball first rolling at 7:30pm (AEDT).
Where: AAMI Park
When: 7:30pm (AEDT)
Coverage: Fox Sports
Odds: City $2.20, draw $3.40, Victory $3.20