Another week of the Hyundai A-League is upon us, and it’s set to be highlighted by the 31st edition of the Melbourne Derby, contested by Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City.
Victory have the slight historical in this matchup, but they haven’t won it since March of 2018 and will be up against it to turn that around against a talented and in-form City team in this clash.
Melbourne City FC v Melbourne Victory
Harking back to the Melbourne Heart era these two sides have met on 30 occasions, with Victory taking out 12 of those clashes compared to the ten won by Melbourne City/Heart. They last met earlier this season and played out a 0-0 draw – the two Melbourne Derbies prior to that also resulted in draws, and the last time either of these sides got the chocolates against the other was in October of 2018 when City managed a 2-1 win.
The upcoming clash will be played at Aami Park, City’s home ground and the smaller of the two stadiums where the A-League is played in Melbourne. However, more than 20,000 passionate fans are still likely to come through the gates to see a game which the home side will be expecting a win. They’ve had an impressive start to the 2020 A League season and are one of the favourites to win their inaugural Premiership, while the Victory have struggled at times and will be up against it to qualify for the finals.
A League Live TV
|Western Sydney Wanderers v Western United||Friday 20 December||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC||Saturday 21 December||2.45pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory||Saturday 21 December||5.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo / ABC|
|Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets||Saturday 21 December||7.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United||Sunday 22 December||6.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Melbourne Derby TV replay available on Fox Sports in the days after the match has concluded.
Watch or Stream the A League Live
While you can find this edition of the Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory on Free to Air TV (ABC), Fox Sports 5 (Foxtel/Kayo) will provide the most complete coverage to include every game live, in HD and ad-break free during play, as well as Match Replays throughout the week and the option to watch the A League online.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider the 14 day Kayo Sports free trial which has no lock-in contract so you can check out the service and leave if it doesn’t offer what you’re looking for. Kayo will broadcast every A-League match live, and if you have to be out and about you can stream the Melbourne Derby free to an eligible mobile device within minutes of getting started.
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Melbourne Victory Preview
The Victory have been one of the A-League’s most successful clubs, having won the Premiership on three occasions and made the finals in all of the past seven seasons. This included a semi-final appearance in 2018/19, but after a number of changes in personnel both on the pitch and in the coaches box, they have thus far failed to replicate their success from previous seasons. The off-season brought a number of signings which had the potential to better the team which was beaten 6-1 by Sydney FC in last year’s semi-final, but so far they have struggled to gel under new coach Marco Kurz and find themselves languishing towards the bottom of the table as a result. The season is a long one and they still have plenty of time to turn it around, and a good showing against cross-town rivals Melbourne City would be a great way to start.
Melbourne City Preview
For virtually all of their existence Melbourne City has played the role of Victory’s little brother. Since rebranding from the Heart to City in 2014 they have been consistent enough, finishing in the top five in each season since, but that consistency has never translated to the ultimate success and they’re still yet to compete in an A League Grand Final. This season, however, things have changed, with Victory struggling to stay away from the bottom of the table and City jostling for position at the other end. Their potent attack, led by Jamie Maclaren and Craig Noone, has helped them into second place behind only Sydney FC, though their defence has been a little leaky. Alongside Victory they have conceded the most goals in the league through the early stages of the season, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a high-scoring affair this Saturday.