Isuzu UTE A-League preview: Victory v Sydney

Match details

Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Kick-off: 7.45pm AEDT


Melbourne Victory returns to Isuzu UTE A-League action with a blockbuster clash against Sydney FC on Tuesday.

Victory will be back in competitive action for the first time since January 8 when the Sky Blues visit AAMI Park.

COVID-19 has disrupted the season, but Victory was top of the table heading into the weekend.

Victory is unbeaten in six games heading into the meeting with Sydney, although was held last time out.

Nick D’Agostino’s spectacular opener was cancelled out by Craig Goodwin in a 1-1 draw against Adelaide United.

It was D’Agostino’s fourth league goal of the season, the most of any Victory player, ahead of Francesco Margiotta (two).

Victory has already seen seven different players find the back of the net – Tony Popovic’s side has scored 12 goals – in the Isuzu UTE A-League.

In good news this week, Victory re-signed star midfielder Jake Brimmer, while adding Luka Prso to the squad.

Victory has lost eight consecutive matches against Sydney FC heading into their clash on Australia Day Eve.

Player in focus

D’Agostino‘s strong start to his Victory career continued last time out. The forward has played seven league games this season, starting four of those, for his four-goal return.

What they said

“Excited. Obviously it’s been a little over two weeks since we last played our game. Everyone is just really excited to get back into playing in front of the fans, producing what we know we can produce and we’re all looking forward to it.” – Victory attacker Ben Folami.

Last time

Isuzu UTE A-League 2020/21 Round 21
Sydney FC 2-0 Melbourne Victory
Saturday, May 19, 2021
Jubilee Stadium, Sydney

Goals in either half saw Sydney past Victory in their previous meeting.

Bobo opened the scoring before Kosta Barbarouses’ 83rd-minute sealer.

Head to head

Round 21, 2020/21: Sydney 2-0 Victory at Jubilee Stadium
Round 13, 2020/21: Sydney 1-0 Victory at Jubilee Stadium
Round 15, 2020/21: Victory 0-3 Sydney at AAMI Park
Round 22, 2019/20: Victory 1-4 Sydney at Marvel Stadium
Round 16, 2019/20: Victory 0-3 Sydney at AAMI Park