Melbourne Victory v Western United FC: match preview
It’s a new experience for Western United FC this week as they head into Saturday night’s clash against Melbourne Victory on their back of their first loss.
Mark Rudan’s side went down 2-1 to City on the weekend in the club’s first-ever Melbourne Derby in their only blemish in the competition so far.
They’ll look to bounce back in another clash against a local rival in Victory, who got their season back on track with their first win of the campaign last time out with a 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar.
The match is sure to be an extra special occasion for United striker Besart Berisha, who won two championships and is regarded as a club legend at Victory.
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Saturday, 2 November 2019
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: Marvel Stadium
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, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Kenny ATHIU, 8.Jakob POULSEN, 11.Ola TOIVONEN (c), 14.Thomas DENG, 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, 30.Matthew SUTTON (gk), 50.Brendan WHITE (gk)
**2-3 to be omitted**
Ins: 24.Anthony LESIOTIS (promoted), 25.Brandon LAUTON (promoted), 50.Brendan WHITE (gk) (injury replacement player)
Outs: 9.Andrew NABBOUT (hamstring)
Unavailable: 1.Matt ACTON (shoulder), 5.Tim HOOGLAND (quad), 10.Robbie KRUSE (hamstring), 13.Birkan KIRDAR (international duty), 26.Jay BARNETT (international duty)
Western United FC Squad: 1.Filip KURTO (GK), 2.Aaron CALVER, 3.Brendan HAMILL, 4.Andrew DURANTE, 5.Dylan PIERIAS, 6.Connor CHAPMAN, 8.Panagiotis KONE, 10.Scott MCDONALD, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Dario JERTEC, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 14.Max BURGESS, 15.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 17.Joshua CAVALLO, 18.Besart BERISHA, 19.Josh RISDON, 20.James DELIANOV (GK), 22.Ersan GULUM, 23.Alessandro DIAMANTI, 26.Kwabena APPIAH-KUBI
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 3.Brendan HAMILL (promoted), 15.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS (promoted), 17.Joshua CAVALLO (promoted)
Outs: 27.Jerry SKOTADIS (not selected)
Unavailable: 7.Valentino YUEL (ankle – 4 weeks), 25.Luke DUZEL (International Duty), 9.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS (calf – 1 week)
Did you know?
- Melbourne Victory have conceded just one first-half goal in their last six Hyundai A-League games at Marvel Stadium, going on to lose just once in that span (W3, D2).
- Western United FC’s Alessandro Diamanti has played 38 passes into the box this Hyundai A-League season, six more than any other player in the competition.
- Victory are the only team yet to concede a goal from within the box this Hyundai A-League campaign.