After commencing their Championship defence with a Round 1 Melbourne Derby loss, Melbourne Victory are aiming to bounce back for the visit of Perth Glory.
Kevin Muscat's side turned in a solid display at Marvel Stadium last Saturday but were ultimately beaten by a sucker punch from their city rivals.
It means Victory will be out to avenge that defeat against the travelling Glory, who were pegged back in a 1-1 stalemate with Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 1.
KEY OPTA STATS
- Diego Castro has scored four goals in his last five games against Victory.
- Glory have only won once at AAMI Park in the eight games played at this venue against the Victory (D3, L4), picking up a 3-2 win in March 2013.
- Victory will be hoping to avoid a repeat to the start of their campaign from last season, when they lost their opening two games of the season, scoring just one goal in this period.
WHAT THEY SAID
"I think there was seven players in the 11 [against Melbourne City in Round 1] that were new from the Grand Final, from our last game. The amount of work that the players have put in to start off with a performance like that was really encouraging.
"It's a good starting point for us to keep building and getting better." - Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat
INS AND OUTS
Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3. Corey BROWN, 4.Keisuke HONDA, 5.Georg NIEDERMEIER, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Kenny ATHIU, 8.Terry ANTONIS, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.James TROISI, 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 14.Thomas DENG, 15.Raul BAENA, 16.Josh HOPE, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 22.Nick ANSELL, 23.Jai INGHAM
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 13.Birkan KIRDAR (promoted), 16.Josh HOPE (promoted)
Unavailable: Ola TOIVONEN (leg – TBC)
Perth Glory squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Jason DAVIDSON, 4.Shane LOWRY, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 9.Andy KEOGH (c) 13.Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 15.Brandon WILSON, 16.Tomislav MRCELA, 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 20.Jake BRIMMER, 22.Fabio FERREIRA, 23.Scott NEVILLE, 27.JUANDE, 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 88.Neil KILKENNY
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 13.Matt SPIRANOVIC (promoted), 6.Dino DJULBIC (promoted)
Unavailable: 11.Brendon SANTALAB (hamstring – 1 week), 14.Chris HAROLD (illness – 1 week), 17.Diego CASTRO (hamstring – 1-2 weeks), 21.Jacob ITALIANO (knee – 1-2 weeks), 25.Walter SCOTT (international duty)
Melbourne Victory: L
Perth Glory: D
HOW TO WATCH
Tune in to FOX SPORTS 505 to see Victory host Glory, with kick off at 7.00pm (AEDT), or stream the match live on the MyFootball Live App.
You can secure your tickets to the opening match of Round 2 here.
Round 2: Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory