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Oct 19, 2017   |  5:43AM AET

Preview: Round 3 v Adelaide

Preview: Round 3 v Adelaide

Melbourne Victory’s first interstate trip of the season takes it to Adelaide Oval on Friday night.


Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory
Friday October 19, Adelaide Oval
7:50pm AEDT
Live on Fox Sports 501


“It might be difficult for everyone to understand, but we’ve been fairly pleased with our performances. Naturally, it’s a professional game, so you work backwards from results so we accept that.

“We’ve been fairly happy with our performances but we have to turn that into better performances which hopefully reward us with points.

“There was a lot to like about what we’ve done in the first two weeks. Last week’s game was our highest return of balls into the box into goalscoring areas that we’ve had in a long time.

“Yet it wasn’t enough so there’s obviously things we can improve on.”


“We can say what we want, our performances were good but obviously we need to do something better and we’re prepared to do that.

“We know we have to lift that little bit extra and what better way to do it than against Adelaide?

“We can’t afford to have any lapse and we need to be clinical in front.

“If we get three chances we have to take them all.”



  • Melbourne Victory have lost only one of their last 12 games against Adelaide United (W7, D4) and have won each of their last three meetings with them.
  • In fact, Victory are undefeated in their last six visits to South Australia to face the Reds (W2, D4), last losing such a fixture in February 2013.
  • Leroy George has created a joint-league-high seven chances so far this campaign, two more than Adelaide-best Ben Garuccio (5).



Adelaide United squad (two to be omitted): 1. Daniel Margush (GK), 2. Michael Marrone, 6. Vince Lia, 7. Ryan Kitto, 8. Isaias ©, 9. Baba Diawara, 10. Karim Matmour, 11. Johan Absalonsen, 12. Mark Ochieng, 14. George Blackwood, 16. Nathan Konstandopoulos, 17. Nikola Mileusnic, 19. Ben Garuccio, 20. Paul Izzo (GK), 22. Ersan Gulum, 23. Jordan Elsey, 24. Jordan O’Doherty, 37. Daniel Adlung

In: Karim Matmour, Mark Ochieng
Out: N/A
Unavailable: Taylor Regan, Tarek Elrich

Melbourne Victory squad (two to be omitted): 1. Matt Acton (GK), 2. Jason Geria, 4. Rhys Williams, 5. Mark Milligan, 6. Leigh Broxham, 8. Besart Berisha, 9. Kosta Barbarouses, 10. James Troisi, 11. Mitch Austin, 14. Thomas Deng, 16. Josh Hope, 18. Matias Sanchez, 20. Lawrence Thomas (GK), 21. Carl Valeri ©, 22. Stefan Nigro, 23. Jai Ingham, 31. Christian Theoharous, 41. Leroy George

In: Josh Hope, Stefan Nigro, Christian Theoharous (all promoted)
Out: James Donachie (quad)
Unavailable: N/A