Semi-Final Leg One preview: Western v Victory

Match details

Western United v Melbourne Victory
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Tuesday, May 16, 2022
Kick-off: 7.05pm AEST
Broadcast: 10Bold, Paramount+


Melbourne Victory returns to the A-League Men Finals on Tuesday night in the first leg of their Semi-Final bout with Western United at AAMI Park.

Victory finished the regular season in second position, earning the weekend off ahead of the two-leg clash for a spot in the Grand Final.

While they prepared for Finals action, Western United defeated Wellington 1-0 in a tight game on Saturday night to set up an all-Melbourne contest.

Victory enter full of confidence, riding a Club-record 15-game unbeaten streak, including four wins in their last five games and seven in their last nine.

They will also draw confidence from a winning record over Western United in the regular season, with the head-to-head record an impressive 2-1-0 in Victory’s favour.

Victory’s last outing was the 4-1 win over Sydney FC on Saturday May 7, with goals to Nick D’Agostino, Jake Brimmer, Jason Geria and Brendan Hamill securing the top-two position.

The new Semi-Final format sees teams play off across two legs, with away goals not a factor in the aggregate score.

If the aggregate scores are level after 90 minutes in Saturday’s second leg, there will be extra-time and penalties if required.

Player in focus

Nick D’Agostino put together a stunning regular season, becoming the 10th player to score 10 or more goals in a single league season for Melbourne Victory and earning a national team debut.

‘Daggers’ looms large as the danger man for the Victory in their quest for Championship glory.

Last time

Isuzu UTE A-League 2021/22 regular season
Melbourne Victory 1-1 Western United
March 23, 2022

Western United took the lead in the 47th minute before Brendan Hamill equalised in the 85th to split the points.

Head to head

2021/22 (March 23): Victory 1-1 Western at AAMI Park
2021/22 (Dec 26): Victory 3-1 Western at AAMI Park
2021/22 (Nov 20): Western 0-1 Victory at GMHBA Stadium
2020/21 (May 28): Western 1-6 Victory at AAMI Park
2020/21 (Feb 27): Victory 3-4 Western at AAMI Park