Melbourne Victory is eyeing a place in the last 16 of the FFA Cup ahead of a trip to face Adelaide City on Wednesday.
Victory returns to Marden Sports Complex for the second consecutive week, facing City in the Round of 32.
Tony Popovic’s side overcame Perth Glory on penalties in a play-off to reach the competition proper, and the clash with Adelaide City continues a busy run of fixtures.
Victory has won three consecutive games to begin the season, impressively beating Brisbane Roar 3-0 in the Isuzu UTE A-League on Sunday.
Strikes from Nick D’Agostino and Ben Folami were set up by Marco Rojas after Kai Trewin’s own goal at AAMI Park.
Victory became the first Club in Isuzu UTE A-League history to score 700 goals, while also winning the opening two league games of a campaign for the first time since 2006/07.
With a game against Perth Glory to follow on Sunday, Victory could again rotate the squad for the FFA Cup clash with City.
Nishan Velupillay, Robbie Kruse, Francesco Margiotta, Stefan Nigro and Lleyton Brooks came off the bench against Brisbane.
Chris Ikonomidis and Roderick Miranda missed the encounter against the Roar through injury.
Player in focus
Brooks scored a stunning opener in the win over Perth that helped Victory into the FFA Cup proper. The talented 20-year-old could see more minutes against Adelaide City.
What they said
“We try and win, like the last one. We went to the last game to try and win the game and we’ll do the same on Wednesday … obviously the players will be very fatigued, it’s only their second game in many, many months. We’ll see who’s fit, who’s available and we’ll pick a squad accordingly that can go there and hopefully get through to the next round.” – Victory Head Coach Popovic after beating Brisbane.