How to watch Melbourne City vs Western United A-League live and match preview
The A-League returns with a bang as last year's grand finalists lock horns to kick off another magical season for Australian football.
The 2022/23 A-League season picks up where it left off, with a replay of the previous grand final in Melbourne City vs Western United.
Western United have had a tremendous start to their A-League existence, with a deep finals run in their first season followed by a premiership in their second.
The team they defeated in that grand final will be their opponents in this match. Melbourne City entered the 2022/2023 season having played in the last 3 deciders.
Both of them promise to be strong contenders once again this season.
When does Melbourne City vs Western United kick off?
This season opener of Melbourne City vs Western United kicks off at 7:45pm AEDT on Friday 7 October at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
How to watch Melbourne City vs Western United live
However, your only way to watch Melbourne City vs Western United is with a subscription to Paramount Plus as it won't be available on free-to-air.
Stream Melbourne City vs Western United on Paramount Plus
Paramount Plus allows you to watch the entire A-League season live.
New customers can use this 7-day free trial and test it all out, meaning you could watch this match at no cost.
After the free trial, Paramount Plus costs $8.99 a month or a discounted annual price of $89.99.
The service boasts loads of football and is the home of Australia's A-League Men and A-League Women competitions, as well as the FA Cup, Socceroos and Matildas matches outside of the World Cup.
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Melbourne City vs Western United match preview
We know that English football has been dominated by a "City" vs "United" rivalry and we might be about to see the same thing in the A-League.
Although Melbourne Victory still loom large, this is a significant footballing battle stretching over a couple of seasons.
Both teams faced relatively early exits in the Australia Cup competition so they should enter this contest fresh.
For City, 1 premiership from 3 straight grand finals is not the worst result, but certainly one they'd be keen to improve on to make this their "era" in the A-League.
We think they'll have to settle for splitting the points first up.
Image source: melbournecityfc.com.au