PREVIEW: Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City FC

Melbourne City FC face Melbourne Victory on Saturday night in a blockbuster clash.

The Lowdown

Melbourne City FC's Round 2 clash saw John van't Schip's side collected a second consecutive point in a 1-1 draw against a resilient Newcastle Jets outfit which held firm against a dominant Melbourne City FC. While the performance was worthy of more than a point, it was David Villa’s 87th minute equaliser that illustrated once again why the Spaniard is still one of the world’s most revered strikers, with his opportunistic late strike salvaging a point for the home team.

Edson Montano’s header against the run of play put the Jets ahead in the second half. However, Melbourne City FC showed character, finding the equaliser in the dying embers of the match after dominating most of the 90 minutes.

Melbourne Victory come into the clash after a 1-1 draw with Adelaide United in contests where both teams struggled to adapt to pitch conditions. A late Fahid Ben Kalfallah goal pinched a point for Victory after they put Western Sydney Wanderers to the sword in a 4-1 win in Round 1.

The Victory have recruited well in the off-season, picking up A-League talisman Bersat Berisha and strengthening their defensive line with Mattieu Delpierre.

 

Broadcast and Coverage

Match Details
Hyundai A-League Round 2
Sunday, 19 October 2014

Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City FC

Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

Kick-Off: 7:30 PM

Live and exclusive coverage on FOX SPORTS 3HD & 3 from 7:15pm (AEDT)

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Teams

Melbourne City FC Squad:
1.Andrew REDMAYNE (GK)
3.Robbie WIELAERT
5.Erik PAARTALU
6.Aaron MOOY
7.Iain RAMSAY
8.Massimo MURDOCCA
9.David VILLA
11.Damien DUFF
14.James BROWN
15.David WILLIAMS
17.Jason HOFFMAN
18.Paulo RETRE
20.Tando VELAPHI (GK)
23.Mate DUGANDZIC
24.Patrick KISNORBO (C)
25.Jacob MELLING
26.Marc MARINO
27.Ross ARCHIBALD

**Two to be omitted**

Ins: 
25.Jacob MELLING (promoted)
26.Marc MARINO (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable:
10.Robert KOREN (calf – 4-6 weeks)
13.Jonatan Germano (1-4 weeks)

Melbourne Victory Squad:
1.Nathan COE (GK)
5.Mark MILLIGAN (c)
6.Leigh BROXHAM
7.Gui FINKLER
8.Besart BERISHA
9.Kosta BARBAROUSES
10.Archie THOMPSON
11.Connor PAIN
14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH
15.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI
16.Rashid MAHAZI
17.Matthieu DELPIERRE
18.Dylan MURNANE
20.Lawrence THOMAS (GK)
21.Carl VALERI
22.Jesse MAKAROUNAS
23.Adrian LEIJER
24.Scott GALLOWAY


**Two to be omitted**

Ins:
18.Dylan MURNANE (returns from international duty)
22.Jesse MAKAROUNAS (promoted)
24.Scott GALLOWAY (returns from international duty)

Outs: 
2.Jason GERIA (ankle)

Unavailable:
4.Nick ANSELL (foot – 2-3 weeks)