Melbourne Victory looks to build on its first win of the season as it begins a rivalry against Western United at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.
Victory recorded its first win of the campaign by overcoming Brisbane Roar 1-0 away from home thanks to an Andrew Nabbout goal.
Nabbout came off with a hamstring injury after opening his account this season before Victory fought hard to hold on for three points, and the attacker has been ruled out of this week’s game.
It seeks to build on that result when it hosts Western United in the first competitive clash between the clubs.
Western United entered the Hyundai A-League this season, although the teams did meet in the lead up to the campaign.
Ola Toivonen scored a brace as Victory ran out 6-0 winners in the pre-season clash in mid-September.
The 33-year-old forward has netted once to begin the Hyundai A-League campaign, while he also provided the assist for Nabbout in Brisbane.
Western United, which has former Victory star Besart Berisha as part of its squad, has collected four points from its opening three games.
Player in focus
What they said
“I think it (the win over Brisbane) was very important with the slow start. It’s increased the vibe around the club for a big week coming up, it was needed, a tough away one, much-needed.” – Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas.
As it stands
Head to head
Melbourne Victory v Western United
Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT
Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Corey BROWN, 4.James DONACHIE, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Kenny ATHIU, 8.Jakob POULSEN, 11.Ola TOIVONEN (c), 14.Thomas DENG, 16.Josh HOPE, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 18.Migjen BASHA, 19.Ben CARRIGAN, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Adama TRAORE, 22.Kristijan DOBRAS, 24.Anthony LESIOTIS, 25.Brandon LAUTON, 30.Matthew SUTTON (gk), 50.Brendan WHITE (gk)
**2-3 to be omitted**
Ins: 24.Anthony LESIOTIS (promoted), 25.Brandon LAUTON (promoted), 50.Brendan WHITE (gk) (injury replacement player)
Outs: 9.Andrew NABBOUT (hamstring)
Unavailable: 1.Matt ACTON (shoulder), 5.Tim HOOGLAND (quad), 10.Robbie KRUSE (hamstring), 13.Birkan KIRDAR (international duty), 26.Jay BARNETT (international duty)