What has the most recent time that an A-League Men’s game was sold out?
on the 24th of October in 2019 when it was the time that Western Sydney Wanderers hosted Sydney FC in a game at Parramatta Stadium.
Two seasons later, after low audiences, low TV ratings and COVID-19 disruptions A-League Men is back and Melbourne is the leader.
Nearly 30,000 fans are scheduled to attend Saturday’s match that will be played between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City at AAMI following the announcement by the A-Leagues that there were no tickets available.
The record-breaking crowd is a result of Victory attracting over 18,000 supporters to their first home game against the Wanderers in the last week. Sydney FC deserves special recognition for hosting over 22,000 fans in the rain at the brand-new Allianz Stadium for their first-round match against Victory.
However, the most important event of round 3 will involve a battle between Melbourne’s top clubs with both teams looking strong again this season.
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The World Cup 2022 starts in Qatar within one month’s time, there are many Melbourne derby players who are in the middle of the Socceroos team.
Australian director Graham Arnold is likely to be watching the film, with any star performances expected to hold the weight.
When Melbourne City duo Jamie Maclaren and Mathew Leckie seem to have booked their seats on the plane for Qatar Six others will be competing to be included on the World Cup squad.
Melbourne Victory has four players who are in the mix – Jake Brimmer, Nick D’Agostino, Ben Folami, and Chris Ikonomidis.
Brimmer has been named the current Johnny Warren medallist who could provide a different midfield option and D’Agostino has been one of the top strikers in the league over the last year.
Chris Ikonomidis already has 17 caps for his country but hasn’t been as impressive since he joined Victory. However, he began the season hot with a goal and assist from the bench in the match against City.
There’s a chance Folami or Marco Tilio will be competing for the same position for the Australia team The Victory winger is expected to win because he’s a player for his club team and Tilio was in the back for most of the past year.
City Winger Andrew Nabbout will also be looking to push his way back into the team, but the player comes from a very far distance.
Melbourne City look to shed their “big-game choke” tag
In 12 games against other top-four teams in the last season, Melbourne City failed to win any of them including the Grand Finale in the match against Western United.
It’s an amazing number for a team that was awarded the A-League Men’s Premiers’ Plate the last season.
It’s not difficult to praise City for its ferocity under the leadership of Patrick Kisnorbo. However, their performance against strong teams suggests that their strategy might have been flawed.
For Victory specifically, City drew twice (2-2 1-1) before cruising to a 3-0 win during the derby final in the lead-up to finals.
It’s becoming a trend Kisnorbo will want to stop in front of an enormous crowd of supporters for Victory at AAMI Park.