Preview: Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory

There is plenty to look forward to as the Melbourne derby takes centre stage on Sunday with the match also broadcast across the nation to Fox Sports/ABC TV viewers.

Melbourne Victory have suffered two successive home defeats but their 3-3 draw against Adelaide United to open the season proved that they are a better side than that. And while there is no tougher opponent than Melbourne City, what a wonderful opportunity the derby at AAMI Park provides.

Westfield Matildas forward Larissa Crummer continues to be a key injury omission for the Victory, while Selin Kuralay is also absent with injury.

City took all before them enroute to the crown last season, but they were supremely lucky to collect a 2-1 win over Victory this time last year in the inaugural meeting. The other result was far more clear-cut as City won 4-0. Cit look very strong once again this season, but to date goals have been difficult to come by.

Melbourne City FC v Melbourne Victory
Sunday, 27 November 2016
Venue: AAMI Park
Kick-Off: 2:30PM (Local) (2:30PM (AEDT))

Referee: Katie Patterson

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 2.00pm (AEDT) and ABC TV from 2.00pm (AEDT)

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Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), 2 Teigen ALLEN, 5.Laura ALLEWAY, 6.Aivi LUIK, 7.Steph CATLEY (c), 10.Jessica FISHLOCK, 11.Erika TYMRAK, 12.Olivia ELLIS, 13.Rebekah STOTT, 14.Melina AYRES, 15.Amy JACKSON,17.Marianna TABAIN, 18.Jacynta GALABADAARACHCHI, 19.Tyla-Jay VLAJNIC, 22.Hayley RICHMOND, 30.Kelsey QUINN (gk) **one to be omitted**

Ins: 15.Amy JACKSON (promoted), 22.Hayley RICHMOND (promoted)

Outs: 3.Lauren BARNES (wrist – 1 week)

Unavailable: 9.Larissa Crummer (ankle – 4 week)

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Bianca HENNINGER (gk), 2.Alexandra NATOLI, 3.Alex CHEAL, 6.Annabel MARTIN, 7.Lia PRIVITELLI, 8.Ayesha NORRIE, 9.Natasha DOWIE, 10.Christine NAIRN (c), 11.Melindaj BARBIERI, 13.Laura SPIRANOVIC, 15.Adriana TARANTO, 16.Samantha JOHNSON, 17.Gulcan KOCA, 19.Rachel ALONSO, 20.Bethany MASON-JONES (gk), 22.Caitlin FRIEND, 25.Kariah WHITE **two to be omitted**

Ins: 22.Caitlin FRIEND (promoted), 25.Kariah WHITE (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 4.Melissa TARANTO (knee – season), 14.Selin KURALAY (hamstring – 1-2 weeks)