A-League Fantasy Preview: Melbourne Victory

While the Manchester City takeover has seen much of the focus on their cross-town rivals, the Victory have also assembled a squad choc-full of talent.

All their recruits have excellent pedigree and experience and add that to the stars already at coach Kevin Muscat’s disposal and Victory are rightly one of the favourites for the title.

Daniel Georgievski and Matthieu Delpierre boost the defence which was the side’s Achilles heel last season, Carl Valeri makes it an all-Socceroo midfield while Besart Berisha gives the team a proven goal scorer.

Sign up to the official fantasy football game of the Hyundai A-League and select your 15-player squad now! 

The ingredients are there, will silverware follow?

Player price list:

Archie Thompson

F

$349,000

Berisha

F

$334,000

Coe

G

$304,000

Finkler

M

$287,000

Delpierre

D

$263,000

Barbarouses

F

$254,000

Milligan

M

$248,000

Georgievski

D

$225,000

Thomas

G

$205,000

Ben Khalfallah

M

$183,000

Geria

D

$179,000

Valeri

M

$179,000

Ansell

D

$169,000

Murnane

D

$163,000

Leijer

D

$152,000

Broxham

M

$145,000

Pain

F

$136,000

Galloway

D

$125,000

Mahazi

M

$119,000

Nabbout

M

$117,000

Brown

M

$91,000

Makarounas

M

$91,000

     

Star Man:

Besart Berisha ($334,000)

Who else? If there’s one thing the Victory have missed in the last couple of seasons it’s an out-and-out goal-scorer. Berisha certainly fits the bill, as evidenced from his two championships in three seasons at Brisbane Roar. With service from the likes of Finkler, Thompson, Barbarouses and Pain, 2014/15 could be the Albanian’s best season yet.

Bargain Buy:

Scott Galloway ($125,000)

With so many big names it’s hard to find a good bargain in the Victory squad but Galloway could be the man. The departure of Adama Traore means the left-back position is there for the taking and Galloway is certainly the leading contender. He has searing pace and the ability to get forward and join in the attack which is what you want from your fantasy full-backs.

Likely starting XI: (4-2-3-1)

Nathan Coe (GK), Daniel Georgievski, Matthieu Delpierre, Adrian Leijer, Scott Galloway, Mark Milligan, Carl Valeri, Kosta Barbarouses, Gui Finkler, Archie Thompson, Besart Berisha

Sign up to the official fantasy football game of the Hyundai A-League and select your 15-player squad now! It's completely free to register and you could win the ultimate Grand Final experience.