Saturday’s A-League 2016 Round 2 match is between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City. The opening kick off is set to commence at 19:50 local time with the game to be played at Etihad Stadium. The home team Melbourne Victory are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City.
$60,000+ Sydney fans will disagree, but it doesn’t get bigger than this down south, with the Melbourne Derby with the bonus of Socceroo legend Tim Cahill lining up for his first ever A-League match. City opened the season with a 1-0 away win against Wellington Phoenix. At home against their arch-rivals with Cahill now on the team sheet will ramp the pressure up on City, who are without suspended keeper Thomas Sorensen. Victory were unlucky not to win against the Roar in their opening round encounter. Muscat’s men led until the 96th minute but had to settle for a 1-all draw. They looked sharp, particularly in the opening 20 minutes and holding Roar out at Suncorp for so long is no mean feat.
Sportsbet odds: Victory $2.45, City $2.60, draw $3.60.
Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Jason GERIA, 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Marco ROJAS, 8.Besart BERISHA, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 13.Oliver BOZANIC, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Alan BARO, 17.James DONACHIE, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 22.Stefan NIGRO, 23.Jai INGHAM, 25.Sebastian PASQUALI, 27.Alastair BRAY (gk)
Melbourne City FC squad: 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Connor CHAPMAN, 6.Osama MALIK, 8.Neil KILKENNY, 9.Nicolas COLAZO, 10.Anthony CACERES, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 12.Nick FITZGERALD, 17.Tim CAHILL, 18.Paulo RETRE, 20.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 26.Luke BRATTAN, 27.Fernando BRANDAN, Yaren SOZER (gk)