No, this is not déjà vu – Western United will be out to take over Victoria once again with a double derby weekend against rivals Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City, and you can be part of it all.
The action kicks off when the Western women lock horns with Melbourne Victory on Saturday before John Aloisi leads his men’s side into battle on Sunday.
Western United gunning to continue perfect Liberty A-League record against Melbourne Victory
We have been treated to two exhilarating contests between Western United and Melbourne Victory in the Liberty A-League so far with the magical 1-0 win in United’s inaugural game last season, and a stunning 2-1 win earlier this season.
Jessica McDonald fired the Club’s historic first goal in the competition on 19 November 2022, etching that date into the minds of the Green and Black army in attendance.
Western United then needed to come from behind to secure the three points with a dramatic stoppage-time winner from Keiwa Hieda completing the job back in Round 2.
Huge Matildas matchup takes centre stage
The stars will be on show across both teams with international heroes and young guns alike between the pair of strong sides.
All eyes will be on one particular matchup, though, as good friends and Matildas stars collide with Chloe Logarzo and Elise Kellond-Knight going up against each other in midfield.
Logarzo has been simply on fire for Western United in recent weeks and will be fired up to put in another high-class performance against Kellond-Knight and Victory.
Young studs Alana Cerne and Grace Maher continue to form a strong partnership in defence for Kat Smith’s ide, while Melbourne Victory are set to welcome another Matilda back into their line-up in Emily Gielnik.
A strong Isuzu UTE A-League record against Melbourne City gives Western United confidence
Since Aloisi took over at Western United, his side has enjoyed a winning record over a Melbourne City outfit that has won the last three Premier’s Plates.
A pair of dramatic 1-0 wins in Aloisi’s first season in charge sparked what would go on to be a magical season in 2021/22. Does anyone remember how that one ended?
Of course, the 2-0 Grand Final win over City remains Western United’s crowning moment in the A-Leagues, and the memories return every time the two sides meet again.
While City dominated the matchups last season, Western United returned the favour with a spectacular 2-1 win in Round 1 of this season.
Lachie Wales got United going with the opening goal before Noah Botic sparked delirium in front of the away bay when he dispatched a late penalty to secure all three points.
Marquee matchups all over the pitch
Daniel Penha vs Tolgay Arslan. Noah Botic vs Curtis Good. Josh Risdon vs Leo Natel. Tomoki Imai vs Jamie Maclaren.
Those are but a few of the high-profile individual battles that will take place on the AAMI Park pitch, bringing together some of the best players in the Isuzu UTE A-League.
Penha and Arslan are undoubtedly two of the league’s best performers so far this season and will look to one-up each other just like they did last time out, with Penha grabbing and assist and Arslan scoring a goal on debut.
Australian talents will also be on show with Noah Botic going up against former Socceroo Curtis Good while Josh Risdon will lead a Western United defence that will be desperate to keep Jamie Maclaren from adding to his record A-Leagues goal tally.
180 minutes of incredible football for an affordable price for the whole family
You couldn’t find a better deal to watch so many unbelievable footballers in the same weekend – Western United fans can watch both matches for as little as $20 for the entire family.
The Liberty A-League clash with Melbourne Victory is completely free, but fans must reserve a ticket via Ticketek, and the match could be subject to a lockout if you are too late.
Then for the men’s match on Sunday, General Admission tickets are just $20 for adults and kids are absolutely free with a paying guardian.
Added onto that, any fans aged 16 and under that secured a Liberty Pass before the 31 December deadline can scan into the stadium with their physical or digital cards and enjoy the non-stop action at AAMI Park.
Has there been a more perfect weekend? We don’t think so.
Whatever way possible, get yourself and your friends and family down to the games this weekend and show Victoria that the West does it best.