In our first home game we finally got to see David Villa play and once again save City with an equalizing goal. Unfortunately the team seemed to re-enact the first round match, having ample chances and not converting in the first half, then to have the Jets become the better side in the second half and get the first goal. You can read our full match review by Hakan here.
Stats VS Melbourne Victory (W/D/L): 4/4/4
Our record at Etihad Stadium (W/D/L): 1/3/1
(Stats taken from Ultimate A-League web site)
It’s welcome back to the Melbourne derby for the new season and Victory have been looking very good for the first two matches. They will be close to full strength in their squad line up for this match. They are going to be hard to beat and if we make an error in defence, then Berisha or Archie will certainly capitalise and punish us for it.
Melbourne City seem to have a marquee voodoo. Our marquee players always seem to be injured with Koren being no exception…the club has ruled him out for up to 6 weeks.
We were also hit with a bomb shell during the week – Villa will only be here till the end of October. Who saw that coming? Well the club did, they just forgot to mention it to everyone else. Oh well, we knew we would not have him for too long, we just didn’t realise that it was going to be this short lived. The club is trying to get him back in December, so let’s hope they can pull this off.
Melbourne Derby matches are tough and hard. Melbourne City cannot afford to do what they have been doing in the first two rounds. We need to convert our chances. Guys, give the ball to David Villa more, he is in a league of his own and we need to use him while we still have him. Victory will definitely punish us if we play like we have so far this season.
It looks like being a sell out crowd of around 47,000. I’m looking forward to going along to Etihad stadium for the first “City versus Victory” derby and what will hopefully be a City win.
You can once again catch me on this weeks #FTSWeekly podcast show.
The Twitter hash-tag for the match is #MelbDerby
Melbourne City FC Squad:
1.Andrew REDMAYNE (GK)
20.Tando VELAPHI (GK)
24.Patrick KISNORBO (C)
**Two to be omitted**
25.Jacob MELLING (promoted)
26.Marc MARINO (promoted)
10.Robert KOREN (calf – 4-6 weeks)
13.Jonatan Germano (1-4 weeks)