A key duo return for Melbourne Victory as Steve Kean's side look to leave their recent Melbourne Derby horrors behind with a win over Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Premiers have torn Victory apart in a pair of Melbourne Derby fixtures so far this season, winning 6-0 in Matchweek 11 before going one better with a 7-0 triumph in Matchweek 17 to extended their current winning streak over Victory to three games.
Robbie Kruse and Nick Ansell return to the Victory squad preparing to meet a City side missing Jamie Maclaren, Connor Metcalfe and Curtis Good on Socceroos duty. Craig Noone, Scott Jamieson and Rostyn Griffiths are a key trio returning for City after missing their side's disappointing 3-0 loss to Brisbane Roar last time out.
Victory come into the Melbourne Derby high on confidence after destroying Western United 6-1 in their last A-League fixture. Elvis Kamsoba scored a brace and Ben Folami starred in attack as Kean's side ended their five-game losing streak in some style.
It's the last A-League fixture Kean will oversee as interim head coach of Victory, with Tony Popovic waiting in the wings to takeover in the 2021/22 campaign. Getting one back over their local rivals will help Victory end the current campaign on a high as the club prepares to head into a new era under their incoming boss.
Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City
Sunday, June 6 2021
Venue: AAMI Park
Kick-off: 4.05pm AEST
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Ins and Outs
Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Adama TRAORE, 4.Nick ANSELL, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Callum McMANAMAN, 8.Jacob BUTTERFIELD, 9.Rudy GESTEDE, 10.Robbie KRUSE, 11.Ben FOLAMI, 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 14.Jay BARNETT, 15.Aaron ANDERSON, 16.Brandon LAUTON, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 20.Max CROCOMBE (gk), 22.Jacob BRIMMER, 26.Lleyton BROOKS, 29.Nishan VELUPILLAY, 35.Zaydan BELLO
**0-1 to be omitted**
In: 4.Nick ANSELL (return from injury), 10.Robbie KRUSE (return from injury), 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 15.Aaron ANDERSON (return from injury)
Out: 19.Dylan RYAN (Olyroos camp), 34.Gianluca IANNUCCI (omitted)
Unavailable: 23.Marco ROJAS (injured - ankle)
Melbourne City squad:
1.Tom GLOVER (gk), 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 4.Nuno REIS, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8.Aiden O’NEILL, 10.Florin BERENGUER-BOHRER, 11.Craig NOONE, 14.Naoki TSUBAKI, 16.Taras GOMULKA, 17.Stefan COLAKOVSKI, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Adrian LUNA, 23.Marco TILIO, 33.Matthew SUTTON (gk) 35.Raphael BORGES RODRIGUES, 36.Kerrin STOKES 39.Anthony LESIOTIS, 43.Alec MILLS.
**2 to be omitted**
In: 3.Scott JAMIESON (promoted), 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS (returns from injury), 11.Craig NOONE (promoted), 36.Kerrin STOKES (promoted), 39.Anthony LESIOTIS (promoted).
Out: 9. Jamie MACLAREN (national team duty), 18.Connor METCALFE (national team duty), 22.Curtis GOOD (national team duty).
Unavailable: 9. Jamie MACLAREN (national team duty), 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON (hamstring), 15.Andrew NABBOUT (adductor), 18.Connor METCALFE (national team duty), 22.Curtis GOOD (national team duty).
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