NPL preview: Victory v Avondale FC


Melbourne Victory will be out to return PlayStation 4 NPL Victoria winning ways when it faces Avondale FC at Epping Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Having lost 3-1 to the same opposition in April, Victory will look to level the ledger and build on its encouraging performances against Bentleigh Greens and Oakleigh Cannons in recent weeks.

A 1-0 defeat to the Cannons in Round 20 will not discourage a Victory team getting accustomed to life under new coach Gareth Naven.

Stand-in captain John Maclean continues to impress up front, and it will be this sort of form that he and his men will need to replicate against an Avondale team enduring a challenging period of its own.

Five losses on the trot has seen Avondale’s campaign take a hit, although it will view its visit to Epping as an opportunity to distance itself from the relegation playoff spot.

Former Hyundai A-League midfielders Jonathan Germano, Massimo Murdocca, James Brown and Francesco Stella will pose a threat for the visitors, ensuring Victory will need to be on its guard throughout.

Fabrizio Soncin’s outfit will have an extended break heading into the clash, after its match against Northcote City was postponed due to pitch concerns.

Three points for Victory will be a welcome result as it aims to finish the season on a high note.

Entry is $10 for adults, $5 for concession and free for children 15 and under.

The under-20s kick off at 1.00pm, followed by the seniors at 3.00pm. 

PlayStation 4 NPL Victoria 2016 Round 21

Melbourne Victory v Avondale FC 
Saturday, July 16, 3.00pm AEST
Epping Stadium, Epping