It’s Derby Day

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As kickoff looms, butterflies intensify as fans wake up in excitement for the big clash between the teams in Red and Blue.

Finally it’s the day we Melbournians have all been waiting for.

It is a hate filled rivalry that is constantly growing in Melbourne year by year.

It’s a war for the ultimate bragging rights

It’s Derby Day!

The highly anticipated fixture is set to be the biggest one yet and tonight, fans will witness one of the most extraordinary derby’s Melbourne have ever seen. 

We have seen a total rebranding of Melbourne Heart to Melbourne City this year after they were bought by billionaire Manchester City owner Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

Their home kit colour has not only changed to the famous blue strip of its parent club Manchester City, it has introduced some of the biggest names to our great game.

Robbie Koren, Damien Duff and the World Cup winner David Villa were all inclusions this season which has seen memberships sky-rocket to over 10,000 this week.

Despite the fans disappointment in hearing the news that Villa is on his way back to New York in November, City were quick to announce today that they had agreed on the signing of Josh Kennedy early next year.

Whether City will be able to gain an advantage from these players tonight is another question….

The famous boys in blue Melbourne Victory are back in form after a first game 4-1 humiliation of Western Sydney Wanderers. Whilst Melbourne City continue to grow, Melbourne will be boasting that they are the bigger team in Melbourne after breaking their previous membership mark of 22,600 this week.

The Northern Terrace is back, filling up the bays and singing at the top of their lungs. The Victory boasts the fact that they are the most successful team in Melbourne over the younger club. The Victory have also been active in this seasons transfer window signing a range of quality players in Fahid Ben Khalfallah (Troyes), Daniel Georgievski (Steaua Bucuresti), Matthieu Delpierre and the marquee man Besart Berisha.

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Shots were also fired this week from Carl Valeri after he joked about Villa’s departure “Maybe you’ve got to read the fine print in the contract”.

While tickets for the public sold out early this week, nervous fans wake up in the morning hoping to grasp a ticket.

The largest attendance a Melbourne derby has ever seen is 45,202 which is on course to be broken tonight at Etihad Stadium.

Both teams are locked equally with 4 draws, 4 wins, 4 losses. This is the essentially the decider which will be played for ultimate bragging rights. You do not want to be on the losing team for this one….

The stage is set, beautiful sunny day in Melbourne, full house at Etihad and a war between two rivals which grows bigger every time they face off.

Because tonight, “There is only one team in Melbourne”

Words By Ari Charilaou

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