Round 1 Preview: Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City

Derby Days. Don’t we just love ‘em?

It’s that time of year again. Another long preseason winds up. City fans buzz with optimism, anticipation and excitement. The players make their final preparations ahead of another huge clash against our despised crosstown rivals as we hope to kick our 2019/20 league campaign off with a bang.

Could this be the year?

We’re getting straight into it this time. Here are the three things that we’ve got our eyes on ahead of tonight’s season opener:

A trend in recent Derby history

We’ve got good news and we’ve got bad news.

The good news is that City have won the opening derby in each of the past three seasons. 2016/17 saw an incredible 4-1 scoreline which included goals from Fornaroli, Brattan and Brandán, as well as Cahill’s iconic volley on his league debut.

2017/18 was a tighter affair which ended with City emerging 2-1 victors. This was the year that Marcin Budsinski scored that rocket on the stroke of half-time, whilst Bruce Kamau also got on the scoresheet.