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Apr 21, 2021   |  3:29AM AET

A-League preview: Victory v Wanderers

A-League preview: Victory v Wanderers

Steve Kean will take charge of Melbourne Victory for the first time in Friday’s A-League clash against the Western Sydney Wanderers.


Kean was named interim head coach of Victory on Monday, following the exit of Grant Brebner.

He will lead Victory into a meeting with the Wanderers at Marvel Stadium.

Victory is coming off a 7-0 Derby loss to City, with the club mutually agreeing to part ways with Brebner following the defeat.

Adama Traore was sent off in the first half of the loss at AAMI Park.

In a boost, Leigh Broxham and Rudy Gestede resumed training this week as they aim to return from injury against the Wanderers.

Victory is still without centre-back Ryan Shotton and attacker Marco Rojas.

Player in focus

What they said

“I understand the frustration of fans. A club this size and this stature, it’s understandable for the fans to be hurting. The players are hurting, the staff, everybody involved with the club and we hope that that hurt turns into energy and with that energy we can turn that into performances and with performances we can hopefully get points.” – Kean.

Last time

A-League 2020/21
Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 Melbourne Victory
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

Victory was beaten by the Wanderers when the teams met in February.

Graham Dorrans scored a 72nd-minute penalty before Kwame Yeboah’s sealer.

As it stands

Head to head

Round 7, 2020/21: Wanderers 2-0 Victory at Bankwest Stadium
Round 27, 2019/20: Wanderers 2-1 Victory at Bankwest Stadium
Round 2, 2019/20: Victory 1-2 Wanderers at Marvel Stadium
Round 27, 2018/19: Wanderers 0-1 Victory at Stadium Australia
Round 11, 2018/19: Wanderers 1-2 Victory at Stadium Australia

Match details

Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney Wanderers
Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
Friday, April 23, 2021
Kick-off: 7.05pm AEST

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 6. Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Callum McMANAMAN, 8.Jacob BUTTERFIELD, 9.Rudy GESTEDE, 10.Robbie KRUSE, 11. Ben FOLAMI, 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, 26. Lleyton BROOKS, 35.Zaydan BELLO

**0-1 to be omitted** 

In: 6. Leigh BROXHAM (return from injury), 9.Rudy GESTEDE (return from injury), 35.Zaydan BELLO (promoted)

Out: 3.Adama TRAORE (suspended), 4.Nick ANSELL (injured – groin), 13.Birkan KIRDAR (omitted)

Unavailable: 5.Ryan SHOTTON (injured – knee), 23.Marco ROJAS (injured – ankle)

Squad goals Anderson