What not to miss – R2 v Wanderers

Just in case you needed more reasons to be excited for Saturday’s home opener against Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park

AAMI Park atmosphere

Few atmospheres in Australian sport compare to a Victory home game at AAMI Park.

We were treated to some sensational games last season at the picturesque football venue and it all kicks off again on Saturday.

With a strong contingent of Wanderers fans expected to make the trip down, expect a pumping atmosphere at all corners.

Winners go head-to-head

Only three teams secured all three points in Round One and two of them will face off at AAMI Park on Saturday.

Victory kickstarted their campaign with a thrilling 3-2 win in Sydney while the Wanderers recorded a 1-0 win at home against Perth.

With a huge Melbourne Derby on the horizon in Round Three, Victory will be desperate to maintain their momentum and take on City with a 2-0-0 record.

Nani makes his home debut

The wait is nearly over.

Portugese legend Luis Nani will walk onto AAMI Park in Victory colours for his home A-League Men debut in front of his new adoring fanbase.

The winger won the hearts of Victory fans over the weekend, assisting Chris Ikonomidis’ second-half goal and celebrating with as much gusto as you can ask for with teammates and fans post-game.

In-stadium entertainment (+a new tasty snack)

A special pre-game performance by Sax on Cello will kick off the evening at 7.25pm before the traditional team walk-out to Stand By Me marks the start of the new season.

Also make sure to check out our new Portuguese Style Grilled Chicken Burger – grilled peri peri chicken, melted cheddar, pickles, red onion and tangy aioli. Available for $12 at Aisles 9 & 22 on Level 1 and Aisle 6 on Level 3.

Attacking firepower

Victory scored the most goals of any team in Round One, finding the back of the net on three occasions against the Sky Blues.

Victory (3) and the Wanderers (2) created the most ‘big chances’ across the round, showcasing their attacking prowess.

The combination of Luis Nani, Nick D’Agostino, Ben Folami and Chris Ikonomidis proved deadly in Victory’s first outing together and should only improve as their chemistry builds.

Oh, and don’t forget Jake Brimmer. He can play.