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Five classic Melbourne derbies

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/10/2016 Ben McKay

Etihad Stadium will host the 20th Melbourne derby on Saturday night, and all signs point to it being another classic.

The injection of Tim Cahill into a Melbourne City side already bursting with attacking options should ensure another goal-fest.

It's been nine matches since there were less than three goals scored in the cross-town rivalry.

City holds the record for the biggest derby win - ex-Victory man Harry Kewell capped a 4-0 demolition in March 2014 - but overall the ledger is tipped against them.

In 19 matches, Victory have won eight, City have won six, with five draws.

Victory claimed the only finals meeting - in the 2014/15 semi-final - with an emphatic 3-0 win on the way to their title success.

Here are five of the best Melbourne derbies in the fixture's seven-year history.

DERBY 1: Melbourne Heart 2-1 Melbourne Victory, 8 October 2010, AAMI Park

The A-League finally had a derby with the admission of Melbourne Heart into the league, it was the red-and-whites that won the first.

John Aloisi scored the first goal in derby history, heading home after 10 minutes. Kevin Muscat played in Robbie Kruse for a first-half equaliser but after setting up Aloisi's opener, Alex Terra won it off his own boot. In front of 26,000 fervent fans, Heart held on for the win despite Aziz Behich's late send-off.

DERBY 8: Melbourne Heart 1-2 Melbourne Victory, 22 December 2012, AAMI Park

Archie Thompson gave Victory fans the perfect Christmas present, popping up at the last to give Victory coach Ange Postecoglou his first Melbourne derby win. His 92nd-minute winner - after Marco Rojas and Fred goals had the score locked at 1-1 - remains the latest goal in the fixture's history, and one of Thompson's most important in his storied Victory career.

DERBY 13: Melbourne Victory 5-2 Melbourne City , 25 October 2014, Etihad Stadium

Twice behind but not beaten, Victory surged to the top of the A-League table with a pulsating win in front of 43,729 fans. One-time City man David Villa (remember him?) helped draw the crowd but it was Dutchman Robbie Wielaert and Jason Hoffman that put City ahead in the first half. But a hat-trick from Besart Berisha, a double from Archie Thompson and a standout performance from Kosta Barbarouses brought down City in stunning fashion.

DERBY 17: Melbourne Victory 3-2 Melbourne City, 17 October 2015, Etihad Stadium

Victory, playing in Melbourne for the first time after their 2015 title, were in cruise control at 2-0 but a little known Uruguayan flipped the contest. Bruno Fornaroli scored his first goal for the club, before Aaron Mooy's super through-ball allowed Stefan Mauk to put the game on terms. Victory stole it at the death through Berisha - the fixture's leading scorer.

DERBY 18: Melbourne City 2-1 Melbourne Victory, 19 Decemeber 2015, AAMI Park

The Sorensen derby. After conceding two early goals, Victory seized control of the contest, forcing an astonishing 12 saves out of the veteran Dane - several from an exasperated Berisha. Former Victory youth-teamer Paulo Retre's 30th minute goal was the winner.

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