Melbourne Victory is aiming for back-to-back A-League wins when it faces City in the Derby at AAMI Park on Saturday.
Victory recorded a much-needed 2-1 win over the Newcastle Jets last time out.
Dylan Ryan and Lleyton Brooks scored their first goals for the club in the come-from-behind win at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Brooks came off the bench to tuck away the winner after a cutback from the tireless Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio.
Victory was boosted by its youngsters, with Brooks, 20, making his first senior appearance of the campaign.
The Derby is Victory’s next challenge as it looks to build on its win over the Jets.
Victory headed to Newcastle without Ryan Shotton (knee), Leigh Broxham (hamstring), Rudy Gestede (knee) and Marco Rojas (ankle).
Robbie Kruse and goalkeeper Max Crocombe were withdrawn from the initial extended squad late.
Player in focus
Melbourne Victory 0-6 City
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
Victory suffered a heavy defeat in the previous Derby last month.
Connor Metcalfe scored a brace to go with goals from Jamie Maclaren, Florin Berenguer, Rostyn Griffiths and Stefan Colakovski for City.
As it stands
Head to head
Round 11, 2020/21: Victory 0-6 City at Marvel Stadium
Round 18, 2019/20: City 2-1 Victory at AAMI Park
Round 11, 2019/20: City 1-2 Victory at AAMI Park
Round 1, 2019/20: Victory 0-0 City at Marvel Stadium
Round 20, 2018/19: Victory 1-1 City at Marvel Stadium
City v Melbourne Victory
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Kick-off: 7.10pm AEST
Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Adama TRAORE, 4.Nick ANSELL, 7.Callum McMANAMAN, 8.Jacob BUTTERFIELD, 10.Robbie KRUSE, 11. Ben FOLAMI, 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 14.Jay BARNETT, 15 Aaron ANDERSON, 16.Brandon LAUTON, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 19.Dylan RYAN, 20.Max CROCOMBE (gk), 22.Jacob BRIMMER, 25.Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO, 26. Lleyton BROOKS
**0-1 to be omitted**
In: 10.Robbie KRUSE, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA (return from suspension)
Out: 35.Zaydan BELLO (omitted)
Unavailable: 5.Ryan SHOTTON (injured – knee), 6. Leigh BROXHAM (injured – hamstring), 9.Rudy GESTEDE (injured- knee), 23.Marco ROJAS (injured – ankle)