Isuzu UTE A-League Match Preview | The Melbourne Derby

Match Details
Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City
Date: Sat 6 April
Time: 7:45pm
Location: AAMI Park


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.

Speaking to the media ahead of the Derby, Head Coach Tony Popovic said that the “entire Club is excited”.

“We’re always excited for this game, even more so knowing that it’s a home game. Our home fans will be here making a lot of noise. The players are excited, the entire Club’s excited,” he said.

“We’re coming off a good performance and win against Perth and you know, we want to make it another win here at home.”

Looking ahead to the match, Popovic explained that these games are “always tough”.

“Both previous games had tight, limited opportunities. But you know, I thought in the second game, in particular, we played very well. We’ve got to continue with that and play to our maximum and find a way to breach their backline and their keeper, which I’m confident we can do,” he explained.

“If you look at their squad on paper, arguably they have, in certain areas, the the best individuals in the league. So regardless of how the team is faring, the results, the previous results they’ve had, we know that they have individuals that can win any game on their own.”

“So we have to be aware of that. But we also have to back ourselves and know that we have the game to beat them and punish them. And you know we have to be really strong in both boxes, that’ll be the key to the game.”

From Tony

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The Stats


2.Jason GERIA, 3.Adama TRAORE, 5.Damien DA SILVA, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 8.Zinedine MACHACH, 10.Bruno FORNAROLI, 11.Ben FOLAMI, 14.Connor CHAPMAN, 16.Stefan NIGRO, 17.Nishan VELUPILLAY, 19.Daniel ARZANI, 20.Paul IZZO, 21.Roderick MIRANDA, 22.Jake BRIMMER, 23.Salim KHELIFI, 25.Ryan TEAGUE, 27.Jordi VALADON, 28.Roly BONEVACIA, 30.Ahmad TALEB 

Ins: 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 16.Stefan NIGRO


Unavailable: nil