Melbourne Victory is looking to bounce back when it faces Perth Glory in the Hyundai A-League on Saturday.
Victory is on a five-match losing streak after going down to the Central Coast Mariners in a thrilling clash.
Marco Rojas twice gave Victory the lead at Jubilee Stadium, but Dylan Ruiz-Diaz’s late brace saw the Mariners snatch a 3-2 win.
It continued a fine run of form for Rojas, who has scored four goals and provided two assists in nine league games since returning to the club in January.
Birkan Kirdar, 18, and Josh Hope, 22, assisted Rojas’ double in the defeat, while goalkeeper Matt Acton produced a fine performance.
Victory was without Andrew Nabbout (ankle) for the clash with the Mariners, but the forward is expected to be available for the meeting with Perth at Jubilee Stadium.
Anthony Lesiotis also picked up an injury in training ahead of facing Central Coast, while Storm Roux was substituted in the first half.
With two games remaining in its league season, Victory will finish ninth on the table, while Perth sits fifth.
Player in focus
What they said
“We spoke as a group after the Mariners game and just said, ‘Look, these next two games we’ve got to really just bring some pride back into the club, it’s about going out there, putting on two really good performances and trying to get some results.’ We’re going out there to try and win the matches and trying to finish the season on a positive note.” – Victory goalkeeper Acton.
Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Round 17
Perth Glory 2-2 Melbourne Victory
Saturday, February 1, 2020
HBF Park, Perth
Victory and Perth drew in an entertaining clash earlier this season.
Ola Toivonen and Nabbout twice gave Victory the lead, only for their goals to be cancelled out by Bruno Fornaroli and Nicholas D’Agostino.
As it stands
Head to head
Round 17, 2019/20: Glory 2-2 Victory at HBF Park
Round 8, 2019/20: Victory 1-0 Glory at AAMI Park
Round 23, 2018/19: Glory 0-2 Victory at HBF Park
Round 18, 2018/19: Victory 1-2 Glory at AAMI Park
Round 2, 2018/19: Victory 2-3 Glory at AAMI Park
Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory
Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Kick-off: 5.00pm AEST
Victory TV pre-game show live on Facebook & YouTube at 4.30pm
Watch the match live on Fox Sports 503, Kayo or the MyFootball app
Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 4.James DONACHIE, 6.Leigh BROXHAM (c), 7.Kenny ATHIU, 9.Andrew NABBOUT, 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 15.Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, 16.Josh HOPE, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 18.Migjen BASHA, 21.Adama TRAORE, 23.Marco ROJAS, 25.Brandon LAUTON, 26.Jay BARNETT, 30.Matthew SUTTON (gk), 31.Aaron ANDERSON, 38.So NISHIKAWA, 39.Lleyton BROOKS, 43.Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO**2-4 to be omitted**
In: 9.Andrew NABBOUT (return from injury), 39.Lleyton BROOKS (promoted)
Unavailable: 5.Tim HOOGLAND (released), 8.Jakob POULSEN (released), 10.Robbie KRUSE (knee – season), 11.Ola TOIVONEN (released), 20.Lawrence Thomas (released), 24.Anthony LESIOTIS (injured – ankle)