A-League preview: Victory v Jets

Nick Ansell

Melbourne Victory returns to AAMI Park for an A-League clash against the Newcastle Jets on Sunday.


Victory was last in action on February 10, when it suffered a 2-0 loss to the Western Sydney Wanderers at Bankwest Stadium.

After a five-day lockdown in Victoria due to coronavirus, Victory resumes its campaign against the Jets.

It is set to be without Marco Rojas, who suffered facial injuries and a concussion following a high challenge by Wanderers midfielder Graham Dorrans.

However, in a huge boost, Victory is set to regain Callum McManaman, whose last appearance came on January 23.

Callum McManaman in training

Despite the loss to the Wanderers, Victory took some positives from Birkan Kirdar’s performance as the 19-year-old midfielder impressed in his first A-League start of the season.

Kirdar earned praise from head coach Grant Brebner for his display against the Wanderers.

Victory has lost just one of its past six A-League meetings with the Jets.

Player in focus

What they said

“We saw in the two home games that we’ve had this year against Brisbane and Perth how important our members and fans are to us. There is no better night than when we played Perth and what seemed like the stadium could’ve been full with noise, when we got the equaliser and then the winner, how important they are to this group of players and my staff. It’s not on them, it’s on us to provide for them so we want to make sure that we’re providing, starting on Sunday again, a spectacle that they’re going to come and enjoy and if they do that then no doubt they will come back in numbers and support us as loyally as they always have.” – Victory head coach Brebner.

Last time

A-League 2019/20
Newcastle Jets 1-1 Melbourne Victory
Saturday, February 22, 2020
McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

Victory and the Jets drew in their previous meeting a year ago.

Roy O’Donovan’s opener for Newcastle was cancelled out by Ola Toivonen in the second half.

As it stands

Head to head

Round 20, 2019/20: Jets 1-1 Victory at McDonald Jones Stadium
Round 13, 2019/20: Victory 4-0 Jets at AAMI Park
Round of 32, 2019 FFA Cup: Victory 2-3 Jets (aet) at AAMI Park
Round 21, 2018/19: Victory 0-2 Jets at GMHBA Stadium
Round 13, 2018/19: Victory 2-1 Jets at AAMI Park

Match details

Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Kick-off: 4.05pm AEDT

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Adama TRAORE, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Ryan SHOTTON, 6.Leigh BROXHAM (c), 7.Callum McMANAMAN, 8.Jacob BUTTERFIELD, 9.Rudy GESTEDE, 10.Robbie KRUSE, 11. Ben FOLAMI, 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 14.Jay BARNETT, 15, Aaron ANDERSON, 16.Brandon LAUTON, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 19.Dylan RYAN, 20.Max CROCOMBE (gk), 22.Jacob BRIMMER, 25.Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO

**2-4 to be omitted**

 In:  7.Callum McMANAMAN (promoted), 15, Aaron ANDERSON (promoted), 17.Elvis KAMSOBA (promoted), 25.Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO (promoted)

Out: 23.Marco ROJAS (injured – face)

Unavailable: Nil

Squad goals