A-League preview: Sydney v Victory

Ben Folami

Melbourne Victory will play outside Victoria for the final time this A-League season, facing Sydney FC on Wednesday.


The busy finish to the season continues for Victory with a trip to Jubilee Stadium, just five days after losing 3-1 to Macarthur.

Victory was again punished for missed chances against Macarthur, falling despite Elvis Kamsoba’s second goal in three games.

Kamsoba moved onto three goals in the A-League this season, behind only Callum McManaman, Jake Brimmer and Rudy Gestede (all four) for the club.

His goal was set up by Lleyton Brooks, who struck the post after getting on the end of a Brimmer pass in behind.

Victory has four games remaining in the A-League this campaign, with the final three matches all in Victoria – against Adelaide United, Western United and City.

While Robbie Kruse suffered an ankle injury against Macarthur, Adama Traore and McManaman could both return for the meeting with Sydney.

Victory is winless in five games ahead of the trip to face the Sky Blues.

Player in focus

Last time

A-League 2020/21
Sydney FC 1-0 Melbourne Victory
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Jubilee Stadium, Sydney

A youthful Victory pushed the Sky Blues when the teams met last month.

But Bobo’s sixth-minute header was enough to separate the sides in Sydney.

As it stands

Head to head

Round 13, 2020/21: Sydney 1-0 Victory at Jubilee Stadium
Round 15, 2020/21: Victory 0-3 Sydney at AAMI Park
Round 22, 2019/20: Victory 1-4 Sydney at Marvel Stadium
Round 16, 2019/20: Victory 0-3 Sydney at AAMI Park
Round 6, 2019/20: Sydney 2-1 Victory at Jubilee Stadium

Match details

Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory
Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Kick-off: 7.05pm AEST


Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Adama TRAORE, 4.Nick ANSELL, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Callum McMANAMAN, 8.Jacob BUTTERFIELD, 9.Rudy GESTEDE, 11.Ben FOLAMI, 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 14.Jay BARNETT, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 19.Dylan RYAN, 20.Max CROCOMBE (gk), 22.Jacob BRIMMER, 26.Lleyton BROOKS, 29.Nishan VELUPILLAY

**0-1 to be omitted** 

In: 3.Adama TRAORE (return from illness), 4.Nick ANSELL (return from suspension), 7.Callum McMANAMAN (return from injury)

Out: 10.Robbie KRUSE (injured – ankle), 15.Aaron ANDERSON (omitted), 36.William WILSON (omitted) 

Unavailable: 5.Ryan SHOTTON (injured – knee), 16.Brandon LAUTON (injured – groin), 23.Marco ROJAS (injured – ankle), 35.Zaydan BELLO (injured – strain)

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