Home from home a boost for Melbourne Victory

MELBOURNE Victory midfielder Carl Valeri said his team would relish a return to Etihad Stadium for tonight's derby semi-final against Melbourne City.

The Victory is unbeaten this season at the venue, which serves as the club's second home away from AAMI Park.

The winner of this all-important Melbourne derby will advance to the grand final, with more than 44,000 tickets already sold.

"Etihad is just as much our home ground as AAMI Park," Valeri said.

"We love Etihad and it's great because more fans get to come watch the game."

"This (making the semi-finals) is why I came back - why I came back to Melbourne Victory," he said.

"I want to be successful and I want to win.

"It's the same mentality the club has.

"We're very confident after a big season but semi-finals are different - semi-finals are very special."

Jason Geria and Jesse Makarounas have been promoted to the Victory's extended 18-man squad.

Geria has been sidelined since April 15 with a hamstring injury but is available to play after training strongly this week.

City will see the return of Mate Dugandzic and Kew Jaliens to the extended squad.

Dugandzic returns to the side from injury while

Jaliens is back from a red card.

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