Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory: match preview
Desperation will be in high supply at AAMI Park on Friday night as Melbourne Victory take on Perth Glory in a vital match for both sides.
It’s been a tumultuous start to Marco Kurz’s reign at Victory, with last weekend’s 3-1 loss to Adelaide United their third defeat in their last four matches.
And the table makes for bad reading, with only Wellington Phoenix below Victory on the ladder. Another defeat here would only increase the pressure on the German.
Things haven’t been a whole lot better for Glory, who themselves have managed just one win for the campaign and sit just one point above Victory on the ladder.
Tony Popovic’s side haven’t played as bad as their results suggest – including the 3-1 loss to Sydney FC on Saturday night – but they have yet to produce a 90-minute performance.
In a good omen for the visitors, they did win both matches between the two clubs at AAMI Park last season.
With a chance for both clubs to kick-start their season, it promises to be a tight, tense and full-blooded 90 minutes to open Round 8.
Friday, November 29 2019
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: AAMI Park
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Corey BROWN, 4.James DONACHIE, 5.Tim HOOGLAND, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Kenny ATHIU, 8.Jakob POULSEN, 9.Andrew NABBOUT, 10.Robbie KRUSE, 11.Ola TOIVONEN (c), 16.Josh HOPE, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 18.Migjen BASHA, 19.Ben CARRIGAN, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Adama TRAORE, 22.Kristijan DOBRAS, 24.Anthony LESIOTIS, 25.Brandon LAUTON, 50.Brendan WHITE (gk)
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 16.Josh HOPE (promoted), 19.Ben CARRIGAN (promoted), 22.Kristijan DOBRAS (promoted)
Outs: 14.Thomas DENG (groin)
Unavailable: 1.Matt ACTON (shoulder)
Perth Glory squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Jacob TRATT, 4.Gregory WUTHRICH, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 8.James MEREDITH, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI, 12.Kim SOO-BEOM, 14.Chris HAROLD, 16.Tomislav MRCELA, 17.Diego CASTRO (c), 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 20.Jake BRIMMER, 27.JUANDE, 28.Gabriel POPOVIC, 29.Kristian POPOVIC, 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 88.Neil KILKENNY
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Alex GRANT (returns from suspension), 3.Jacob TRATT (promoted)
Unavailable: 13.Osama MALIK (hamstring – 1 week)
Did you know?
- Perth Glory have lost only one of their last 18 Hyundai A-League matches on the road (W10, D7).
- Melbourne Victory have conceded the most goals from outside the box (3) of any team in the Hyundai A-League this season.
- Glory have had the most successful passes ending in the final third (785) of any side this Hyundai A-League season, 152 more than any other team.