The derby between the reigning champions Melbourne City, the reigning A-League champions Melbourne Victory and the newly-promoted Victory will take place at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
What you need to know about the Melbourne City-Victory clash on Sunday:Rookie defender Michael Petrasso has been named as Melbourne City’s new captain after the former Sydney FC captain was released from his contract at the end of the season.
Key points:Victory v Melbourne City: The sides have been in a relegation battle since their last meeting at the Melbourne Stadium in the 2013/14 season.
The sides have now played each other a total of nine times in the league.
Victory have won their last five meetings with Melbourne City at Etika Stadium and won their opening two games against the visitors in the first round of the 2017/18 A-L season.
Victoria’s victory at EtikTok was their third away win from their past five matches and their sixth straight away win.
The Victory have only lost once at EtikanTok, which is their longest unbeaten home run since March 2017.
Victorian captain Adam Taggart was named in the starting line-up for the derby after missing the last two matches with a knee injury.
Victorians defender Ryan Kent was named on the bench for the first time since he was substituted against Melbourne City in the derby.
“It’s great to have Ryan back in the squad,” said Victory coach Graham Arnold.
“Ryan was in a lot of pain last week and it was disappointing that he missed the game against Melbourne Victory.”
We’ve got to put the best out of Ryan, he’s a very important player in the team.
“He was injured in the final third against Melbourne and had a lot to do with the final score of the game.”
I know we’ve got a young team, but we’re all committed to this game.
“Victoria have won the past three games at Etikei Stadium, which was home to the Sydney FC in 2017.
The teams have met at Etimah Stadium five times in 2017 and the first three times at the venue were in the A-league.
The last meeting between the sides came in the second round of last season, when Melbourne City won 3-1 on aggregate.
The home side has won all four meetings in the series.
Victorians forward Josh Brown has scored seven goals in his last six A-LEAGUE games, the most in the competition.
Victoriya captain Ryan Kent is on target to become the first player in Australian football history to score a hat-trick in consecutive games.
Victos goal for the second goal is a winner against Victory, the third goal in the 2-0 win at the Etika stadium was a hat trick.
Victors forward Josh Caddy scored two goals in three games to put him in third place on the all-time goalscorer list.
Victories keeper Scott Galloway has now kept two clean sheets in his past five A-leagues.
Victorious defender David Carney will miss the derby with a hamstring injury.
Brett Emerton has replaced Mark Milligan in goal for Victory.
Emerton has a 1.88 goals-against average, which puts him fifth in the history of the AFL and just two off the top spot.
Emersonton’s average of 1.96 goals-allowed per game is his best since his debut season in the club’s inaugural season in 2012/13.
The first half was a thriller, with both sides finding the back of the net in the opening 15 minutes.
Victorus’ first goal came after five minutes when midfielder Michael Petrassasso crossed from the left, and his free-kick was headed into the top corner by Milligan.
Victoris’ second goal came two minutes later when he was able to flick a low shot from the edge of the box over Milligan’s head.
Victorie’s second goal, which came in stoppage time, was scored by former Victory and Sydney FC forward Matt Smith.
He had a free-look on goal before slotting a low effort just over the crossbar from the centre of the field.
The third goal came from a corner that had Milligan defending.
Smith was again on target with a low strike from the right that was saved by Millican, and the fourth goal came in injury time when Smith was shown a straight red card for an altercation with former Victory defender Cameron Munster.
Emermond has scored three goals in the past two games for the Victory, including a hat tricks.
Victoric have won three consecutive meetings with Victory, and will look to extend the streak on Sunday with a win.