Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John Aloisi will be looking to start this season in an identical way to last years campaign with a win over its arch rivals the Melbourne Victory.
The Red part of Melbourne claimed first blood in the Derby opener at Etihad Stadium last season, and with the head to head meetings tied at three wins, three draws and three losses a piece, Aloisi predicts another tough encounter.
”We’ve been very excited for this season and we’re ready,” Alosi said.
“It’s such a special day for our supporters, the club and the players.
”We will attack and try take home all 3 points.”
A crowd of over 40,000 is expected at Etihad Stadium tomorrow night to witness the first derby of the season.
Heart’s preseason form has not been the best to say the least and a lack of consistency may cost the starting line up in the opening periods of this match.
With the likes of Dylan Macallister out with a hamstring injury and Michael Mifsud on international duty with Malta, Heart will have to rely heavily on former Melbourne Victory Marquee player Harry Kewell to find the goals.
The Heart fans will be eager to see how new addition Harry Kewell performs against his former club and more importantly what he can offer this Melbourne Heart team for the upcoming season.
Coach John Aloisi will also be eager to see how his new defence will shape up together. Andrew Redmayne has been made the number one keeper for this season and with Dutch signing Robbie Wielaert and former Socceroo Patrick Kisnorbo forming the new central defence partnership, Melbourne Victory may find it very difficult to break down.
Melbourne Heart will need to combine quickly in this match to have any chance of taking the points in what should provide a great atmosphere for the opening round of the A-League.
Kickoff: Saturday 12th October, 7:45pm ADST Etihad Stadium
Head to Head:
Played: 9 Victory: 3 Draws: 3 Heart: 3
Last time they met: Melbourne Victory 2-1 Melbourne Heart.
Prediction: Melbourne Victory 3-2 Melbourne Heart.