Victory forward expects fiery Melbourne Derby

Melbourne Victory forward Kosta Barbarouses anticipates a potentially decisive Melbourne Derby on Friday night to be laced with plenty of spice.

Victory will close to within one point of their rivals if they come away with a win at AAMI Park.

And Barbarouses, who has notched seven goals this term, expects the high stakes to result in a heated affair.

"Absolutely," the New Zealand international replied when asked if "spite" would be involved.

"We have one game each [in derbies this season].

"It's all to play for, you probably couldn't have written a better script for this game.

"We need three points and we're going to do everything we can to get them."

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The contest could be determined by how the Victory defence handles City captain Bruno Fornaroli, who is in contention for his first start of the season.

The fit-again Fornaroli has scored four goals in six appearances in this fixture and key Victory stopper Rhys Williams is prepared for a tough assignment.

"I don't think I've ever played centre-half against him so it's going to be a good test," Williams said.

"Obviously he won't be 100% but he's still a brilliant player.

"You want to play against these players and I'm looking forward to it."