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Oct 03, 2022   |  3:26PM AET

What not to miss – R1 v Sydney

What not to miss – R1 v Sydney

Just in case you needed more reasons to be excited for Saturday’s season opener against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium…

Football is back

It will have been 140 days since Victory’s last league fixture when they walk out on Saturday and safe to say our weekends are better when the Melbourne boys grace the pitch.

The Manchester United friendly, Cup clash and pre-season friendlies have kept us entertained in the meantime, but there’s nothing like league action.

Nani makes his league debut

In one of the most highly-anticipated debuts in A-League Men history, Portugese star Luis Nani will make his league debut against one of Victory’s bitter rivals.

The winger could immediately etch himself into Victory folklore if he’s able to produce a trademark performance to overcome Sydney FC on their home deck.

Return to the famous scene

Not that Victory fans need reminding but our last clash (and the last A-League game) at Allianz Stadium was relatively eventful.

Terry Antonis’ extra-time winner to send Victory to the 2018 Grand Final and eventual Championship was the last time the Allianz Stadium nets were rattled.

If Saturday’s fixture contains half the drama of that famous night, we’re in for a treat.

Away support

Victory’s support on the road is unrivalled in Australian football and the Sydney trip is a favourite of many Melburnians.

Last season’s 4-1 win final round win over Sydney at Leichhardt Oval saw a strong away section celebrate a successful night.

Fresh squad

Nani won’t be the only one making his Victory debut.

A number of off-season signings could feature for their first league action including Paul Izzo, Kike Lopez, George Timotheou, Noah Smith and Tomi Juric.

Saturday night football

How good is Saturday night football?

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