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22 Dec 2017 by TSZ

A-League In Focus – Melbourne City vs Melbourne Victory Preview

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When? Saturday 23rd December, 19:45 (UK)

Where? AAMI Park

What channel is it on? BT Sport 1

Are tickets still available?

Melbourne City & Melbourne Victory - http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MCITY1218

Where can I stream the match? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Melbourne City W2, Melbourne Victory W2, D1
A-League meetings: Melbourne City W8, Melbourne Victory W10, D5
All-time meetings: Melbourne City W8, Melbourne Victory W10, D5

MELBOURNE CITY

Predicted line-up: Bouzanis; Atkinson, Schenkeveld, La Rocca, Jamieson; Jakobsen, Brattan; Malik, Mauk, Budzinski; Fitzgerald

Unavailable: Fornaroli (Injured), Muscat (Suspended)

Doubtful: McCormack (Injured), Kamau (Injured)

MELBOURNE VICTORY

Predicted line-up: Thomas; Geria, Deng, Williams, Nigro; Valeri, Milligan; Barbarouses, Troisi, George; Berisha

Unavailable: Donachie (Injured), Austin (Injured)

Doubtful: Broxham (Injured)

PREDICTION
City are above Victory in the standings but it is the visitors who arguably have the better form coming into the derby. Team news is in Victory's favour and if McCormack does not make it as expected, then the Victory have to be considered to take the points.

MEMORABLE MEETING
The last time these two sides met at AAMI Park was back in December 2016 and it was Melbourne Victory who would snatch the local bragging rights thanks to a 2-1 win on enemy territory. Victory’s talisman Besart Berisha scored a late goal which would prove to be the difference and hand his team all three points.


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