Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City: match preview
The Melbourne Derby takes centre stage on Saturday evening as Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City clash at Marvel Stadium.
A derby win for either new coach Marco Kurz (Victory) or Erick Mombaerts (City) would be the perfect start to life in the dugout as the two rivals jostle for early season bragging rights.
Although front-line partner Robbie Kruse has been ruled out, Victory's Andrew Nabbout will be eager to make an impression on his return, and how the Caltex Socceroos forward combines with Ola Toivonen - who has been directly involved in six of his side's last nine Hyundai A-League goals - should be an intriguing.
Meanwhile, City front men Jamie Maclaren and Craig Noone have been on fire during the club's run to the FFA Cup 2019 Final. Fireworks should be guaranteed.
Saturday, October 12 2019
Kick-off: 7.30 AEDT
Venue: Marvel Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Corey BROWN, 4.James DONACHIE, 5.Tim HOOGLAND, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 8.Jakob POULSEN, 9.Andrew NABBOUT, 11.Ola TOIVONEN (c), 14.Thomas DENG, 16.Josh HOPE, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 18.Migjen BASHA, 19.Ben CARRIGAN, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Adama TRAORE, 22.Kristijan DOBRAS, 24.Anthony LESIOTIS, 25.Brandon LAUTON, 26.Jay BARNETT, 30.Matthew SUTTON (gk) **2-4 to be omitted**
Unavailable: 1.Matt ACTON (shoulder), 7.Kenny ATHIU (international duty), 10.Robbie KRUSE (hamstring), 13.Birkan KIRDAR (international duty)
Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Tom GLOVER, 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 3.Scott JAMIESON, 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8.Javier CABRERA, 10.Florin BERENGUER, 11.Craig NOONE, 13.Nathniel ATKINSON, 19.Lachlan WALES, 20.Adrian LUNA, 21.Ramy NAJJARINE, 22.Curtis GOOD, 23.Dean BOUZANIS, 30.Moudi NAJJAR, 34.Connor METCALFE, 35.Raphael BORGES RODRIGUES, 40.Richard WINDBICHLER, 49.Stefan COLAKOVSKI **2-4 to be omitted**
Unavailable: 9.Jamie MACLAREN (international duty), 17.Denis GENREAU (international duty)
Did you know?
Melbourne Victory scored 31 second-half goals in A-League 2018/19, the joint-most of any team in the competition (alongside Perth Glory).
Melbourne Victory are undefeated in their last four A-League games at Marvel Stadium (W3,D1); the last time they went longer without loss there was a 12-game stretch from 2014 to 2016 (W10, D2).
- Melbourne City have lost only one of their last five A-League games against Melbourne Victory at Marvel Stadium (W3, D1); though, neither side has kept a clean sheet in that time.