Countdown To Kick-off | Derby Week

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. IT’S MELBOURNE DERBY WEEK!!!

Back On The Winner’s List

Our boys in blue are now three matches unbeaten as they continue their charge towards the end of the season.

Last week’s win against Perth Glory has moved Tony Popovic’s side up to this on the Isuzu UTE A-League table with four matches to go.

Bruno Fornaroli showed once again why he’s the league’s best strike after scoring a brace against his former side to regain his lead at the top of the Golden Boot race.

Now our attention turns to Saturday 6 April for the Melbourne Derby.

City are coming off a loss against Central Coast Mariners on Tuesday night, now sitting four points out of finals.

The last two times we faced City have ended in 0-0 draws, with both teams eager for a win over the other.

“We’ve had two draws, no goals scored. If there are goals scored, we want it to be from us, not from them,” Tony Popovic told media after Sunday’s win.

“The last four games, we’ve scored two goals in each match. So we’re starting to, you know, hit the back of the net more consistently, getting some more reward for the chances we’re creating.

“We know that these are special, unique games and you know, it’s an honour to be part of it and with this being our home game, we want the stadium full. We want to make it as difficult for our opponent as possible in the stands and obviously on the pitch. We want the three points.”

Academy Return to Action

Our Senior Academy side returns to VPL1 action this weekend when they face Werribee City.

The first two months of the 2024 VPL/NPL season has seen the Melbourne Victory Academy make a strong start to proceedings at both the Senior and Junior Academy levels. In the first of a series of recurring articles, Academy Operations Manager Damir Kulas provides an update on all things Academy-related.

The Senior Academy has made a fantastic start to life in VPL1 (previously NPL2) and currently sit on top of the ladder following an undefeated start to the season which has seen the team amass 17 points from seven games with a goal difference of +13.

Strong away wins over Northcote City (3-1) and Preston Lions (2-0) set the tone early on, with a subsequent draw against Bentleigh Greens (1-1) rounding out the month of February.

In March, the team is yet to concede a goal in 360 minutes of football following fixtures against Eastern Lions (2-0), North Geelong Warriors (4-0), Caroline Springs George Cross (0-0) and most recently Melbourne City (3-0).