6 things to look forward to: Melbourne Derby


Last time out

There simply couldn’t be any better reason for City fans to attend this weekend’s Derby than the memory of what transpired in the last encounter.

Goals to Jamie Maclaren, Florin Berenguer, Rostyn Griffiths and Stefan Colakovski, in addition to a Connor Metcalfe brace, saw City emerge as 6-0 winners on a night where records tumbled left, right and centre.

Fans would undoubtedly love another rampaging City performance and can only hope for a similar outcome when Saturday rolls around.

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Home Derby

There’s only one thing better than a Melbourne Derby, and that’s enjoying a home Melbourne Derby at AAMI Park!

City have won five of their six home games this season, outscoring their opposition 15 goals to seven when playing at home.

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With City enjoying a strong season where anything looks to be possible for the squad, there’s nowhere we’d rather be on a Saturday night than at a bouncing AAMI Park with City fans packing the stands.

Maclaren on fire

Whilst some of the shine of the achievement may have been rubbed off by his blank against Western United that ended his scoring streak, fans won’t need much reminding of the fact that Jamie Maclaren is enjoying an incredible run of form right now.  

The striker has now scored in eight of his previous nine games, racking up an eye-watering 11 goals and four assists in that time.

With City’s number nine enjoying one of the best runs of form in his career, there’s simply no better time to enjoy the striker’s brilliance live at AAMI Park.

Another chance to go top

Whilst we were able to rescue a point against Sydney FC, the result wasn’t what we needed to draw level on points with Central Coast, which would have seen City occupy first place on goal difference.

Whilst the boys will be disappointed, the result will likely have them even more fired up to claim maximum points in the Derby, enough to see the team go top if Western United can defeat or draw with the Mariners earlier in the day. 

A return for the skip?

City could on Saturday welcome back skipper Scott Jamieson for the big game, with the fullback close to recovering from the calf strain that has kept him out for a few weeks.

The team has won just two of the five games that Jamieson has missed this season, so will welcome him back graciously if fit, as the side looks to get back on the winner’s list following our draw with Sydney FC.

As a side note, Jamieson’s inclusion in the lineup would also bring him one game closer to the Club’s all-time appearances record, with the City captain currently nine games behind David Williams’ record of 103 in all competitions.

Continuing our strong Derby form

Derbies have been particularly kind to City fans in recent seasons, with the Club boasting a solid record from the 2018/19 season.

City has lost just one of its last seven Derbies, with three wins coming in that period, including the unforgettable 0-6 result earlier this season.

Jamie Maclaren and Florin Berenguer have scored in the last two Derbies, both of which ended in wins to the team in City blue.

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