Team News: Melbourne City vs Melbourne Victory


The sides are in for the 18th edition of the Melbourne Derby. See who’s in and who’s out of Saturday’s side!

City come into the Melbourne Derby with a spring in their step, picking up maximum points and scoring 14 goals in their last three matches. The latest result against Newcastle saw the Club keep its first clean sheet of the season, leaving John van’t Schip’s men in good stead for Saturday’s contest.

The extent of Connor Chapman’s injury against the Jets was revealed this week with the young defender sidelined for three months with a MCL tear. City see a direct replacement for Chapman come into the side with Northern Ireland international Aaron Hughes making his return from a calf injury.

Hernan Espoindola and Matt Millar also make the provisional side with two players to be omitted 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

Victory also see two important inclusions into their squad with centre back Matthieu Delpierre and striker Archie Thompson making their returns from long-term injuries.

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Match Details

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Melbourne City FC v Melbourne Victory

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Kick-Off:  7:30 PM (Local) (7:30 PM (AEDT))

Referee:  Ben Williams

Assistant Referee 1:  Matthew Cream

Assistant Referee 2:  Luke Brennan

Fourth Official:  Shaun Evans

TV Broadcast:  Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 7.00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 1 (New Zealand)

Radio Broadcast:  774 ABC Melbourne, ABC Local Radio Vic, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live. SEN Radio (Melbourne). Crocmedia A-League Live ( www.facebook.com/A-leagueLIVERadio ).

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag #MelbDerby

To purchase tickets visit  www.aleague.com.au/tickets


Melbourne City FC squad:  1.Thomas SORENSEN (gk), 3.Aaron HUGHES, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6.Erik PAARTALU, 8.Aaron MOOY, 9.Harry NOVILLO, 10.Robi KOREN, 15.David WILLIAMS, 18.Paulo RETRE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 21.Stefan MAUK, 22.Jack CLISBY, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 24.Patrick KISNORBO (c), 25.Jacob MELLING, 30.Hernan ESPINDOLA, 36.Matt MILLAR

**two to be omitted**

Ins:  3.Aaron HUGHES (returns from injury), 30.Hernan ESPINDOLA (promoted), 36.Matt MILLAR (promoted)

Outs:  4.Connor CHAPMAN (knee – 2-3 months)

Unavailable:  7.Corey GAMEIRO (knee – season), 26.Marc MARINO (knee – 4-5 weeks)


Melbourne Victory squad:  1.Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 2.Jason GERIA, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM (c), 7.Gui FINKLER, 8.Besart BERISHA, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 11.Connor PAIN, 13.Oliver BOZANIC, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.Matthieu DELPIERRE, 18.Dylan MURNANE, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 22.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 24.Thomas DENG

**two to be omitted**

Ins:  10.Archie THOMPSON (returns from injury), 17.Matthieu DELPIERRE (promoted), 24.Thomas DENG (promoted)

Outs:  19.George HOWARD (omitted)

Unavailable:  4.Nick ANSELL (foot – 4 weeks), 21.Carl VALERI (ill – indefinite)