Kevin Muscat‘s struggling Melbourne Victory will look to end their losing streak against rivals John van ‘t Schip‘s Melbourne City on Saturday at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Victory are 5-1-4 and have lost three straight games, all on the road, by a collective 5-0 margin. As for City, they defeated Newcastle Jets 4-0 on the road and are in form in this second meeting between the Melbourne sides this season.
“The group’s (feeling) good, especially coming into a Derby match,” City’s Patrick Kisnorbo said. “We’ve been working pretty hard over the last 3-4 weeks, but we have a big game this week and we are just concentrating on every session and trying to bring what we work on this week into Saturday’s game.
“Three wins in a row, we’ve scored a lot of goals, we have got a bit of momentum, but football changes very quickly. We just have to do the right things and get the basics right and hopefully that leaves us in good stead come this Saturday.
“Our team at the moment is doing really well, we’re a group of players that are very united, work hard for each other on and off the pitch, there’s a real togetherness and if we can bring that into the game, that would be fantastic.”
A live blog of this game will take place at 10 p.m. PT Friday/1 a.m. ET Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 a.m. PT/3:30 a.m. ET. Here’s what we think will happen in this contest between Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory.
- At least three goals will be scored.
- Melbourne Victory will not score in this game.
- Stefan Mauk will score for City.
- Aaron Mooy will score a brace for City.
- Thomas Sorensen will make under five saves for City.
- Danny Vukovic will make at least four saves for Victory.
- At least 9,000 will be in attendance.
- Under 50 fouls will be whistled.
- Under five cards will be issued.
A victory by City over Victory is NOT an upset. However, a victory by Victory over City is, given the form of both teams. The Stoppage Time believes that form will follow, and Melbourne City will add more pressure to Kevin Muscat’s tenuous situation at AAMI Park.
Melbourne City 3, Melbourne Victory 0