Live Blog: Melbourne City vs. Melbourne Victory

A general view of the citizenship ceremony as part of Australia Day celebrations prior to the round 17 A-League match between the Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC at AAMI Park on January 26, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. January 26, 2012| Credit: Robert Cianflone
Live Blog: Melbourne City vs. Melbourne Victory

The Melbourne Derby between John van’t Schip‘s Melbourne City and Kevin Muscat‘s Melbourne Victory is renewed on Saturday night at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. In the last contest, City had the upper hand and they will look to keep their form against the defending A-League Champions going.

Melbourne City FC squad:  1.Thomas SORENSEN (GK), 2.Alex WILKINSON, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 8.Aaron MOOY, 9.Harry NOVILLO, 11.Michael ZULLO, 16.Jason TRIFIRO, 17.Wade DEKKER, 18.Paulo RETRE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Dean BOUZANIS (GK), 22.Jack CLISBY, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 24.Patrick KISNORBO (c), 27.Nick FITZGERALD, 29.Anthony CACERES, 33.Osama MALIK, 39.Ali EYIGUN

Ins:  2.Alex WILKINSON (transfer – Jeonbuk Motors), 29.Anthony CACERES (returns from suspension), 39.Ali EYIGUN (promoted)

Outs:  25.Jacob MELLING (suspension – 1 match)

Unavailable:  3.Aaron HUGHES (calf – 1-2 weeks), 4.Connor CHAPMAN (knee – 3-4 weeks), 7.Corey GAMEIRO (knee – season)

Melbourne Victory squad:  1.Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 2.Jason GERIA, 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM (c), 7.Gui FINKLER, 8.Besart BERISHA, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 11.Connor PAIN, 13.Oliver BOZANIC, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.Matthieu DELPIERRE, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 22.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 24.Thomas DENG

**two to be omitted**

Ins:  10.Archie THOMPSON (returns from injury), 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH (returns from suspension), 16.Rashid MAHAZI (returns from suspension), 24.Thomas DENG (promoted)

Outs:  19.George HOWARD (omitted), 23.Jai INGHAM (omitted)
Unavailable:  21.Carl VALERI (ill – indefinite)

“You can’t help but be drawn and be inquisitive as to what’s going on and who’s the next signing; not only here in Australia but in Europe people are now are standing up and taking notice,” Muscat said at Victory’s ACL launch at Crown. earlier this week. “When (Arsenal manager) Arsene Wenger’s having to address it in his weekly press conference, you know that it’s capturing the imagination. How could it not be, if we’re honest with ourselves, because while China’s growing, we’ve got to hold on to their coattails and try and expand and grow with them.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 a.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. AEDT. The Live Blog is scheduled for 10 p.m. PT (Friday)/1 a.m. ET and will include bonus coverage of Sydney FC vs. Perth Glory.

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Jo-Ryan Salazar is a writer for The Stoppage Time, a soccer blog powered by Azteca Soccer. A supporter of the Los Angeles Galaxy since 1996 and a committed supporter since 2002, Jo-Ryan also follows Chelsea FC, Melbourne Victory, FC Tokyo and Paris Saint-Germain. Apart from soccer, Jo-Ryan is an administrative assistant for a local nonprofit in Long Beach, California and also does photography, photo-editing and fictional writing.

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