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Apr 13, 2022   |  7:54PM AET

NPL preview: Victory v Doveton

NPL preview: Victory v Doveton

Melbourne Victory is eyeing a third straight win in the NPL 3 Victoria when it hosts Doveton on Saturday.

Preview

Victory has recorded back-to-back wins, the most recent of which was a 3-1 success over the Springvale White Eagles in Round 4.

Binyam Kebede scored a brace, netting either side of Ryan Lethlean’s strike, in a deserved win at the Serbian Sports Centre.

Kebede is equal top of the league’s goalscoring charts, having netted three times in the opening four games of the campaign.

Victory moved onto seven points early in the season, just three off the first-placed Preston Lions.

Alongside Preston, only one other team is undefeated – Doveton, Victory’s opponent at Epping Stadium on Saturday in a game which will be played behind closed doors.

Doveton has drawn three of its first four games of the season to sit seventh on the table with six points.

Victory and Doveton met in May last year, when the latter recorded a 2-1 win.

Player in focus

Zaydan Bello has made a solid start to the campaign. The Victory captain and right-back, who played three games as the Club won the Australia Cup title, has been strong defensively and provided a good outlet in attack.

This week

NPL 3 Victoria: Melbourne Victory U23s v Doveton (Saturday, April 16 at 3.00pm AEST at Epping Stadium, Melbourne) Watch LIVE on FNR
U21 NPL 3 Victoria: Melbourne Victory U23s v Doveton (Saturday, April 16 at 12.30pm AEST at Epping Stadium, Melbourne)

Last week

NPL 3 Victoria: Springvale White Eagles 1 Victory U23s 3 (Kebede 45′ pen/62′, Lethlean 59′)
U21 NPL 3 Victoria: Springvale White Eagles 0 Victory 2 (Minutoli 15′, Karvounis 22′)
U18 NPL North Victoria: Essendon Royals 0 Victory 10 (Brown 30’/49’/55’/66’/90′, Mensink 32’/81′, Connel 55’/80’/85′)
U16 NPL North Victoria:
Essendon Royals 1 Victory 4
U15 NPL North Victoria:
Essendon Royals 0 Victory 5 (Jackson 7′, Marmura 36’/69′, Atanasovski 38′, Kuzmanoski 66′)
U14 NPL North Victoria:
Essendon Royals 1 Victory 0