The Melbourne A-League Derby is played between Melbourne’s top two A-League teams, Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory, and is the first intra-city men’s A-League derby. In the Australian A-League, the two teams have previously played a total of 14 games, of which Melbourne City won 8, Melbourne Victory won 5, and the two teams drew 1.
On average, both teams scored 3.08 goals per game in direct matches. In 8 (72.73%) home matches of the 2022 season, the total number of goals (team and opponent) was over 2.5. Both teams have been unlucky in recent weeks and need the inspiration to get back on track.
Adelaide United have 13 points from the 2021/22 defeat and have scored 15 of 20 goals in the second half of the season. Mohamed Toure intercepted a poor return pass in the 85th minute to give Adelaide United the lead as they got him at AAMI Park against Melbourne City since April 2016 ‘s first victory. This is not the first time Adelaide United have prevented a title winner from scoring the most points. They scored twice earlier in the season, and the two sides tied at 2-2. Adelaide United conceded the game’s first goal for the tenth time this season when Jamie McLaren jumped on goalkeeper Jogocchi’s error.
Adelaide had the third-worst defence in the league last season, conceding 41 goals in 26 games. Under the tutelage of new manager John Aloisi, Adelaide scored one goal in three games, eliminating Melbourne City and Perth Glory in the process. In addition to scoring, Adelaide United have a penchant for late purposes, with eight of them scored in the 84th minute or later, a testament to the nature of the team. Adelaide United is in third place in the A-League standings and has yet to overtake Adelaide United in the competition.
Melbourne City winning the League last year was a massive boost to the franchise; they are currently at the first spot of tied on 33 points with Western United; Melbourne City takes the first spot due to a big goal difference; still, Western United has two more games in hand. These two teams met in the previous game, where it ended in a 2-2 draw though Melbourne City had control over the ball for a more extended period.
Melbourne City has drawn six games until now, more than last year (4). Melbourne City is also playing in the AFC Champions League, which will start in April. They qualified for the AFC Champions League as the winner of the A-League. The hot topic in the upcoming derby match between Melbourne City F.C. and Melbourne Victory, MCFC is unbeaten in the previous five league games (W-3, D-2), and Melbourne Victory has won two lost one and drew two. With eight games to go can MCFC maintain their top spot and not slip for their consecutive title.