MELBOURNE VICTORY V MELBOURNE CITY Saturday night, Etihad Stadium

Round 2 will be Melbourne's turn to dazzle the A-league with a cracking Derby fixture sure to create plenty of fireworks.

With over 60,000 people at the Sydney Derby last week, will the Melbournians turn up to make it a bumper crowd in consecutive weeks for Australian football?

Chances are the answer will be an emphatic yes!

Melbourne Victory are one of the country's biggest clubs taking on their cashed-up neighbours Melbourne City who bring with them arguably the greatest marquee signing in league history - Tim Cahill.

DERBY DOMINANCE

Although City are favourites to win the A-league this season, chances are they will have to go through Melbourne Victory to do it.

That could be a problem as the Victory have had the wood on their rivals by winning three of their last five contests, with a Draw thrown into the mix as well.

DEFENCE COUNTS FOR NOTHING

You can be sure that there will be plenty of goals in this Derby if recent history is anything to go by.

An average of 3.1 goals per game has been scored between these sides in their last six outings, which includes a 3-2 thriller almost 12 months ago.

EARLY STRUGGLES

Both sides were less than convincing in the opening week.

The Victory were just 10 seconds from securing a win before Brisbane snatched a 1-1 result out of the fire, while City escaped Wellington with a 1-0 result. The Phoenix were gallant considering they were missing a host of players but Melbourne did make it hard on themselves with keeper Thomas Sorenson send off to handling outside the box.

HOW IT PANS OUT

Both sides are blessed with attacking players and you would think that a lot of City's chances rest with Tim Cahill.

A natural goalscorer, Cahill will be having his first competitive outing in the top flight in Australia off the back of limited game time even though he came on in the second half for Australia's match with Japan the other day.

With Bruno Fornaroli, Nicolas Colazo and Bruce Kamau they have plenty of attacking options and will prove a constant threat to the Victory should they hit the ground the running.

As for Kevin Muscat's side they will need to put their chances away and there is no one better to do that than Besart Berisha, who has scored in four of the last five Melbourne Derbies. They will have to play without star signing James Troisi though who is out for 3-4 weeks with a broken collarbone.

THE VERDICT

There isn't much splitting these teams but we are leaning towards the Victory - but only just!

Scoring has never been an issue for them against City which was highlighted by their three straight Derby wins between February and October last year. They scored three goals on each occasion!

TIP: Melbourne Victory

TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER: We are predicting plenty of goals so go the Overs.

1ST GOALSCORER: Besart Berisha - scored in four straight Derbies before failing to register last start. Bruno Fornaroli is another logical choice as he bagged a double the last time these teams met.
Victory - 1pt @ 2.40
Over 2.5 - 1pt @ 1.60
Berisha - 1pt @ 4.90