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Melbourne City visit AAMI Park on Sunday for the A-League game with home team Melbourne Victory.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City, scroll down - as well as up-to-date odds.
Melbourne Victory will want to continue from where they left off last time out with the 1-6 A-League victory over Western United.
In that match, Melbourne Victory had 40% possession and 19 attempts on goal with 10 of them on target. For Melbourne Victory, the goalscorers were Jake Brimmer (12'), Rudy Gestede (22'), Elvis Kamsoba (33', 50'), Ben Folami (36') and Jacob Butterfield (82'). For their opponents, Western United had 19 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. Alessandro Diamanti (45') was the scorer for Western United.
It has not been often in recent times that Melbourne Victory have shown defensive steel. The reality is that Victory have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 games, shipping 11 goals on the way.
Their prior results show that Melbourne Victory:
- are winless against Melbourne City in their last 3 league games.
- are without a win at home for the past 3 matches in the league.
Since being defeated in their last game at the hands of Brisbane Roar in A-League action, Melbourne City and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that game, Melbourne City managed 58% possession and 14 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. On the other side, Brisbane Roar got 13 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Jay O'Shea (6', 52') and Alex Parsons (38') scored for Brisbane Roar.
The numbers tell their own story, and Melbourne City have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 9 goals in all. At the back, City can certainly do much better. Let’s find out whether or not that trend will end up being sustained here.
Coming into this contest, Melbourne City haven't been defeated by Melbourne Victory when they've played them away from home in the last 5 matches in the league. An impressive run.
Head to head
A glance at their most recent head-to-head clashes going back to 23/02/2019 shows us that Melbourne Victory have won 1 of these and Melbourne City 3, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 2.
A combined total of 21 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 4 of them for Victory and 17 created by City. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.5.
The last league encounter featuring these sides was A-League match day 17 on 17/04/2021 when the final score was Melbourne City 7-0 Melbourne Victory.
That time, Melbourne City had 63% possession and 23 attempts at goal with 10 on target. Goals were scored by Andrew Nabbout (11'), Jamie Maclaren (34', 64', 75', 84', 85') and Adrián Luna (87').
At the other end, Melbourne Victory had 4 shots on goal with 1 on target.
The referee was Chris Beath.
Team News: Melbourne Victory
Melbourne Victory boss Steve Kean has no fitness worries at all before this game owing to a fully injury-free group to choose from.
Team News: Melbourne City
Due to a completely healthy group to choose from, Melbourne City manager Patrick Kisnorbo has no fitness concerns to speak of before this clash.
We’re of the view that Melbourne Victory are dangerous enough to find the net against this Melbourne City side, although just one goal likely won’t be enough to avoid a loss.
We’re going for a close game with a 1-2 win for Melbourne City after 90 minutes. There looks to be little in this one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: AAMI Park (30,050)
Captain: Leigh Broxham
Chairman: Anthony Di Pietro
Manager: Steve Kean
Competitions: A-League position 11
⭐ Star Player: Jake Brimmer
Generally taking up the Centre Midfield position, Jake Brimmer was born in Melbourne, Australia. Having played his first senior match for Perth Glory in the 2017 - 2018 season, the dangerous Midfielder has bagged 5 league goals in this A-League 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 24 appearances.