MELBOURNE VICTORY V MELBOURNE CITY

Can the Melbourne Derby live up to what we saw last week in Sydney? This is going to be a cracking game and will be made all the more special as its expected it will be Tim Cahill’s first senior club game in Australia.

While everyone loves Timmy when he pulls on the Socceroos jersey, I will be very interested to see what sort of reception the Victory supporters give him when he runs out onto the field.

Victory has actually dominated this fixture in recent seasons by winning three of the last five games between the sides, while there was also a Draw thrown into there as well.

I think Kevin Muscat would’ve been disappointed that his team didn’t secure all three points last week against Brisbane. That will be an extra motivator for them here.

One of the key men when it has to come to this Derby is Besart Berisha. He is a big-game player and knows how to score against City as he’s done so often in the past.

It’s hard to get a reading on City because they dominated possession against Wellington and there were some good signs too, however, they only managed the solitary goal.

The important question for them is what role Cahill will play. Will he start or is he coming off the bench? Match fitness is another concern for him as he only came off the bench the other night for the Socceroos.

How well he fits into a system that has Bruno Fornaroli as its key strike weapon is another intriguing point.

Whatever happens I think there is going to be plenty of goals which should make for a free-flowing game of football.

Melbourne Victory will be ruing the loss of James Troisi because he is the type of player than unlock defences and always rises for the big games. While they miss him they do get back Marco Rojas from international duty. He is quick and is suited to Muscat’s style of fast, attacking play.

TIP: This game has Draw written all over it for me. Neither team will want to lose, especially since it has been billed as the biggest Melbourne Derby of all time!
Draw - 1pt @ 3.75