Jeff Hopkins and Rado Vidosic is hopeful of a good turnout in tomorrow night’s Melbourne Derby at AAMI Park which begins at 7.30pm.
Victory take on City in the first standalone derby at AAMI Park as both clubs match up evenly, with the light blue of Melbourne edging as favourites.
The Matildas are coming off back-to-back friendlies as a total of five players from both Victory and City were involved in Alen Stajcic’s squad.
Laura Alleway and Emily Gielnik are the Victory players who were in the Matildas, while City have Tameka Butt, Elise Kellond-Knight and Lydia Williams to return.
General admission prices to tomorrow night’s game is $15 for adults and $5 concession. City members get in for free.
Hopkins was keen to get the message out for tomorrow’s game.
“Let’s get it out there, it’s been a bit quiet because there’s been a lot of focus on the Matildas in the past week,” Hopkins said today.
“I’m hoping we’ll get a few people through the gates tomorrow night and we’re determined to serve up a high quality game.
“If I’m being honest I don’t really know about the crowds, I’m more worried about the football side of things. I’m more focused on making sure we put a good show tomorrow night, rather than how many people turn up.”
Hopkins added he was wary of the threats in City’s squad and was keen to hit them on the counter-attack.
“We know what we’re going to get from City,” he said. “They’re a top quality side and play good football. They’ve got quality right through the team.
“Tameka Butt might come in and I’m not sure if Kyah Simon will come back. International players just roll off the tongue. Whoever they play, they’ll have quality in the team.”
City coach Vidosic hinted Butt would play and that Kellond-Knight could play at left-back with the absence of Chelsea Blissett.
Vidosic also said City deserved to have a big turnout with their success over the years.
“I hope we do get a big crowd because these ladies deserve it,” Vidosic said.
“It’s a great initiative of the FFA and clubs to play a standalone game which is great. Now we just need more supporters to come in and enjoy the game.”