A-League preview: Victory v Glory

Melbourne Victory faces a short turnaround as it hosts Perth Glory in the Australia Day U-NITE match at AAMI Park.

Summary

After three weeks between games, Victory returned to A-League action in a 1-0 loss to Adelaide United on Saturday.

It will host Perth in its third league match of the season before taking on Western United four days later.

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Victory had its moments in Adelaide, with Rudy Gestede hitting the post early on before coming off injured.

Ryan Shotton made his competitive debut for the club, while Robbie Kruse returned from a knee injury.

Kruse was introduced early in the second half and gave Victory a spark in the attacking third, although it was unable to find an equaliser to cancel out Mohamed Toure's goal.

While Kruse returned, Gestede and attacker Callum McManaman both came off injured in the loss to Adelaide.

Victory is unbeaten in its past four A-League games against Perth, including keeping clean sheets in three of those matches.

Player in focus

Opta Widget: Crocombe 2021

What they said

"Of course we want to get wins. I'm not going to stand here and say that we can wait five, six games for our team to gel. It's about winning games and of course we want to win games. We'll go through the process of gelling the team, working the team on and off the park, but make no mistake about it, any team talk we have, any preview we have, any review we have, is about winning games and winning games now." – Victory head coach Grant Brebner.

Last time

Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Round 25
Perth Glory 0-4 Melbourne Victory
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Jubilee Stadium, Sydney

Victory produced a fine display when the teams met late last season in Sydney.

Marco Rojas scored a brace to go with an Andrew Nabbout penalty and Elvis Kamsoba goal in a convincing win.

Opta Widget: Last time

As it stands

Opta Widget: HAL table

Head to head

Round 25, 2019/20: Glory 0-4 Victory at Jubilee Stadium
Round 17, 2019/20: Glory 2-2 Victory at HBF Park
Round 8, 2019/20: Victory 1-0 Glory at AAMI Park
Round 23, 2018/19: Glory 0-2 Victory at HBF Park
Round 18, 2018/19: Victory 1-2 Glory at AAMI Park

Opta Widget: H2H

Match details

Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Kick-off: 7.05pm AEDT

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Adama TRAORE, 5.Ryan SHOTTON, 6.Leigh BROXHAM (c), 8.Jacob BUTTERFIELD, 10.Robbie KRUSE, 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 14.Jay BARNETT, 15.Aaron ANDERSON, 16.Brandon LAUTON, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 19.Dylan RYAN, 20.Max CROCOMBE (gk), 22.Jacob BRIMMER, 23.Marco ROJAS, 25.Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO, 35.Zaydan BELLO
**1-2 to be omitted** 

In: 16.Brandon LAUTON (promoted), 25.Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO (promoted), 35.Zaydan BELLO (promoted)
Out: 7.Callum McMANAMAN (injured – ankle), 9.Rudy GESTEDE (injured – hamstring)
Unavailable: 4.Nick ANSELL (injured - hamstring), 11.Ben FOLAMI (injured - knee), 32.So NISHIKAWA (injured - shoulder)

Jacob Butterfield