Melbourne City will be looking to return to the winner’s list when they host Victory in the Christmas Derby at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
Following back-to-back wins, City suffered a blow going down 3-1 to reigning Champions Sydney FC last week. Despite the result, Warren Joyce's side will be buoyant coming into the clash, impressive against the champs for most of the contest.
On the other side of Melbourne, Victory notched their third win of the season with a 2-1 win over the Brisbane Roar – a result that propelled them to fifth place on the league standings, six points behind third-placed City.
Having defeated the Victory in their previous meeting this season, City will be looking to maintain the bragging rights and continue to keep pace with the leading pack.
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Last time they met
City was triumphant in Round 2, defeating the Victory 2-1 at Etihad Stadium.
Marcin Budzinski wasted no time making his presence felt, firing a stoppage time rocket into the back of the net only minutes after replacing the injured Osama Malik.
Leroy George then equalised for the Victory ten minutes into the second-half, before Kamau produced an incredible solo run from his own half to hit a 64th minute winner.
What was said
Melbourne City FC Head Coach Warren Joyce
"I think Derby form doesn't really come into it. It's all about passion, it's all about who's up for it the most on the night and I really do believe that. We want to put a good show for our fans we want the atmosphere to be great so I can't wait.
Victory midfielder Matias Sanchez
"The Derby at AAMI Park, it's all new to me here. I'm very excited because I have played in a lot of derbies [in Argentina] and can't wait for this one."
Where and when
Melbourne City host Melbourne Victory in the 25th edition of the Melbourne Derby at AAMI Park on Saturday night, kick-off 7:50pm. Get your tickets for the match today!