Melbourne Victory’s Men and Women both return to AAMI Park this Friday for a huge double-header against Sydney FC.
The Women’s game kicks off at 5:00pm (AEDT) before the Men get underway at 7:45pm (AEDT).
U-NITE MULTICULTURAL ROUND CELEBRATIONS
Friday’s games will be accompanied by a series of events and activities celebrating the cultural diversity in Australian football as part of the Club’s annual U-NITE Multicultural Round.
Multicultural Food Celebration
There will be a range of multicultural food available including Pizza 🇮🇹, Dumplings 🇨🇳, Spanakopita 🇬🇷 and Poutine 🇨🇦!
Pre-Match Citizenship Ceremony
Melbourne Victory will host its annual Citizenship Ceremony for the 14th consecutive year where conferees from different countries will become Australian citizens and will sing the Australian Anthem on the pitch for the first time as our men’s match is about to kick off. Aunty Joy will perform the Welcome to Country.
Eyeing Off Top Spot
A 95th-minute equaliser from the Phoenix last weekend meant our boys in blue returned from Wellington with only a point, remaining in second spot.
Tony Popovic’s side are 13 games unbeaten to start the season and will look to continue this incredible run when Sydney travels to AAMI Park for U-NITE.
The Sky Blues haven’t enjoyed playing Victory this year, with both meetings ending in wins for our boys in blue.
It was a commanding 3-0 win last time out against Sydney with goals coming from Arzani, Machach and Fornaroli.
Emily Gielnik’s 96th-minute winner last week against Canberra United saw our girls in blue record their first win in five games.
Alex Chidiac and Emily Gielnik both recorded their first goals back in blue, with the Matildas star finding their footing heading into the back end of the season.
Jeff Hopkins’ side are yet to play the Sky Blues this season, with Sydney sitting second on the Liberty A-League table.
History hasn’t been on Victory’s side in recent times, with the last U-NITE match ending in a 3-6 win to Sydney.
Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC
Date: Friday 26 January
Time: ALW 5:00pm (AEDT) | ALM 7:45pm (AEDT)
Location: AAMI Park