11 things about The Original Derby

Melbourne Victory are chasing consecutive victories for the first time this season when they host rivals Adelaide United at Etihad Stadium this week. Melbourne’s come-from-behind victory away to Wellington last week has moved them into the top six for the second time this season creating an enticing encounter with fifth placed Adelaide. The Original Derby is set for its 44th edition but before you tune in check out 10 key stats about the derby.

  • Melbourne Victory have won 22 of 43 matches against Adelaide United, losing just 11 times
  • Victory have outscored United 71 to 48
  • 13 is a lucky number for Archie Thompson, along with his goals against American Samoa, he has also scored 13 against Adelaide which is the most in this fixture
  • Six of Thompson’s 10 A-League finals goal came against United including five in their 6-0 Grand Final win in 2007
  • Speaking of 13, that’s the amount of red cards have been handed out in this fixture
  • Adelaide have won just one of their past 13 matches against Victory, a 1-0 win at AAMI Park in February 2016
  • Adelaide have won one of 15 matches at Etihad Stadium, losing 12 times, conceding 32 goals scoring nine
  • The A-League’s quickest goal was scored in this fixture in Rd 3 of the 2005-06 season. Louis Brain netted after 11 seconds to give United a 1-0 win
  • As a player and a coach Kevin Muscat has won a combined 21 of 33 matches against Adelaide
  • John Kosmina has the best winning record against Victory for an Adelaide coach with five wins in 10 games. Aurelio Vidmar has the worst with just one win in 12 matches
  • 11 players have featured for both Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United


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