For the first time since the entry of their crosstown rivals to the W-League, Melbourne Victory don't feel in the shadows of glamour side Melbourne City. And they're determined to take it up to the three-time champions under the Friday night lights at AAMI Park.
Victory and City duel in a standalone derby this weekend, taking centre stage off the A-League -- enjoying a week off with the Socceroos in town -- and following on from another well-supported Matildas friendly series.
He set foot in Australia for the first time earlier this week but Martin Boyle could be the latest Socceroos debutant come Saturday.
The 25-year-old Scottish-born Boyle has swapped tartan for green and gold and is in the mix to line up for Graham Arnold's men against South Korea in Brisbane.
Boyle, whose father Graeme was born in Sydney, was a part of the national team squad for Arnold's first match in charge against Kuwait last month but was ineligible as he had yet to receive his Australian passport.