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Apr 02, 2019   |  9:15PM AET

Round 24 preview: Sydney v Victory

Round 24 preview: Sydney v Victory

Melbourne Victory makes the trip to the SCG for an important Hyundai A-League clash against Sydney FC on Saturday.

Summary

Victory made it back-to-back wins by overcoming league leader Perth Glory 2-0 in its previous outing.

An Ola Toivonen free-kick and Keisuke Honda penalty saw Victory beat Perth to bring the Premier’s Plate race back to life.

Toivonen’s goal was his 12th in all competitions this season, while Honda is up to eight in 16 games for the club.

With four league games left, Victory is seven points behind Perth and one adrift of second-placed Sydney.

After wins in their previous two meetings this season, Victory is aiming to complete a sweep of successes over Sydney in a campaign for the first time.

The trip to Sydney continues a tough run of away games for Victory, which takes on Guangzhou Evergrande in China in the AFC Champions League on April 10.

Lawrence Thomas could make his 100th Hyundai A-League appearance if he faces the Sky Blues.

The Victory goalkeeper would become the 14th player to achieve the feat for the club and first shot-stopper.

Midfielder Raul Baena, who is on loan from Spanish club Granada, missed the trip to Perth due to a hamstring injury.

Player in focus

What they said

“It wasn’t our best footballing game, but I think after speaking to the boys, we have to win the games that we don’t play well in as well. I think we came away with a really good result and one that we really needed going into the next couple of games so it was a big result for us.” – Victory defender James Donachie.

Last time

Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Round 16
Melbourne Victory 2-1 Sydney FC
Saturday, January 26, 2019
AAMI Park, Melbourne

Victory recorded a win over the Sky Blues when the teams met on Australia Day.

Toivonen’s spectacular free-kick and a James Troisi goal saw Victory grab three points despite Milos Ninkovic’s second-half strike.

As it stands

Head to head

Round 16, 2018/19: Victory 2-1 Sydney at AAMI Park
Round 5, 2018/19: Sydney 1-2 Victory at Jubilee Stadium
Semi Final, 2017/18: Sydney 2-3 Victory (aet) at Allianz Stadium
Round 27, 2017/18: Sydney 1-0 Victory at Allianz Stadium
Round 18, 2017/18: Victory 1-3 Sydney at AAMI Park

Match details

Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory
SCG, Sydney
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Kick-off: 7.50pm AEDT

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matthew ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Corey BROWN, 4.Keisuke HONDA, 5.Georg NIEDERMEIER, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7. Kenny ATHIU, 8. Terry ANTONIS, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.James TROISI, 11.Ola TOIVONEN, 14. Thomas DENG, 16.Josh HOPE, 17. James DONACHIE, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI, 24. Elvis KAMSOBA, 25.Anthony LESIOTIS
**two to be omitted**

Ins:  7.Kenny ATHIU (promoted), 25.Anthony LESIOTIS (promoted),
Outs: nil
Unavailable: 15.Raul BAENA (hamstring)

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