A-League preview: Sydney v Victory

Jake Brimmer

Melbourne Victory is on the road for the first time in more than a month in the A-League as it prepares to visit Sydney FC on Saturday.


Victory is set to play outside its home state for the first time since February 10 as it aims to end a three-game losing streak.

Grant Brebner’s side is coming off a 3-1 loss to Adelaide United, beaten despite going ahead at Marvel Stadium.

Jake Brimmer’s tremendous free-kick – his fourth league goal of the season – put Victory ahead before it fell to defeat.

Brimmer also created a game-high three chances. No player has created more chances in the A-League this season than the Victory midfielder.

Victory defender Aaron Anderson, 20, came off injured in the second half against Adelaide.

Meanwhile, captain Leigh Broxham is suspended for the trip to Jubilee Stadium after picking up a fifth yellow card.

Player in focus

Last time

A-League 2019/20
Melbourne Victory 1-4 Sydney FC
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

The teams last met more than a year ago.

Marco Rojas put Victory ahead, but after Milos Ninkovic cancelled out his opener, Sydney claimed its win thanks to goals from Anthony Caceres, Adam le Fondre and Kosta Barbarouses before Tim Hoogland was sent off.

As it stands

Head to head

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
Semi Final, 2018/19: Sydney 6-1 Victory at Jubilee Stadium
Round 24, 2018/19: Sydney 2-1 Victory at the SCG

Match details

Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory
Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Kick-off: 7.10pm AEDT

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX , 3.Adama TRAORE, 4.Nicholas ANSELL, 7.Callum McMANAMAN, 8.Jacob BUTTERFIELD, 10.Robbie KRUSE, 11.Ben FOLAMI, 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 14.Jay BARNETT, 15.Aaron ANDERSON, 16.Brandon LAUTON, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 20.Max CROCOMBE (gk), 22.Jake BRIMMER, 25.Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO, 26. Lleyton BROOKS, 33.Dalibor MARKOVIC, 35.Zaydan BELLO 

*2-4 to be omitted* 

In: 26. Lleyton BROOKS (promoted)

Out: 6.Leigh BROXHAM (suspended), 9.Rudy GESTEDE (injured – knee)

Unavailable: 5.Ryan SHOTTON (injured – groin), 19.Dylan RYAN (injured – knee), 23.Marco ROJAS (injured – fractured leg)