A-League preview: Wanderers v Victory


Melbourne Victory looks to finish its Hyundai A-League season on a high when it faces the Western Sydney Wanderers on Wednesday.


Victory returned to winning ways in emphatic style last time out, thrashing Perth Glory 4-0.

Marco Rojas scored a brace to go with an Andrew Nabbout penalty and Elvis Kamsoba’s first league goal for the club.

Rojas was set up by teenagers Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio and Birkan Kirdar as he took his tally to six goals in 10 Hyundai A-League games this season.

Nabbout, meanwhile, has netted seven, while Kamsoba ended his wait for a first with a powerful strike after coming off the bench.

Lleyton Brooks made his Victory debut as a substitute and the teenager teed up Kamsoba for his goal.

It was a fine performance by Victory, which wraps up its league campaign against the Wanderers at Bankwest Stadium.

The win was also the first for interim head coach Grant Brebner, who replaced Carlos Salvachua in June.

Victory will finish 10th on the table this season, while the Wanderers sit ninth heading into both teams’ final games of the campaign.

Player in focus

What they said

“It’s very important to continue on from this performance. I don’t necessarily think it’s a dead rubber, yes in regards to the league and that, but we’re going to go out there, we’re going to fight again for 90 minutes and we’re going to try and play our style of football.” – Victory star Rojas.

Last time

Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Round 2
Melbourne Victory 1-2 Western Sydney Wanderers
Friday, October 18, 2019
Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

Victory fell to a narrow loss to the Wanderers earlier this season.

Keanu Baccus and Alexander Meier scored for Western Sydney before Ola Toivonen’s 72nd-minute penalty.

As it stands

Head to head

Round 2, 2019/20: Victory 1-2 Wanderers at Marvel Stadium
Round 27, 2018/19: Wanderers 0-1 Victory at ANZ Stadium
Round 11, 2018/19: Wanderers 1-2 Victory at ANZ Stadium
Round 6, 2018/19: Victory 4-0 Wanderers at Marvel Stadium
Round 25, 2017/18: Victory 3-1 Wanderers at AAMI Park

Match details

Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne Victory
Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Kick-off: 8.10pm AEST
Victory TV pre-game show live on Facebook & YouTube at 7.30pm
Watch the match live on Fox Sports 507, Kayo or the MyFootball app

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 4.James DONACHIE, 6.Leigh BROXHAM (c), 9.Andrew NABBOUT, 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 15.Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, 16.Josh HOPE, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 18.Migjen BASHA, 19.Ben CARRIGAN, 21.Adama TRAORE, 23.Marco ROJAS, 26.Jay BARNETT, 30.Matthew SUTTON (gk), 31.Aaron ANDERSON, 38.So NISHIKAWA, 39.Lleyton BROOKS, 43.Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO, 46.Josh VARGA
**2-4 to be omitted**
In: 19. Ben CARRIGAN (promoted), 46. Josh VARGA (promoted)
Out: Nil
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)

Rojas squad