The 2013/14 Hyundai A-League fixture has been released and Season 9 promises to be one of the best yet as Melbourne Victory gets set to make its charge towards a record third Championship – despite a less than desirable run into the finals series, in which the club plays four of its final five games interstate and overseas.
The 2013/14 Hyundai A-League fixture has been released and Season 9 promises to be one of the best yet as Melbourne Victory gets set to make its charge towards a record third Championship - despite a less than desirable run into the finals series, in which the club plays four of its final five games interstate and overseas.
Melbourne Victory will open its campaign on Saturday, October 12, hosting cross-town rivals Heart at Etihad Stadium, broadcast exclusively live on Fox Sports.
Other fixture highlights include four home blockbusters against the two Sydney teams, as well as two visits from traditional rivals, Adelaide United.
Melbourne Victory will play seven Friday night games across the home and away season, three of those at home.
The U-NITE clash, our regular Australia Day match against Sydney FC, is certain to attract another bumper crowd to Etihad Stadium on January 26. Alessandro Del Piero and co. will again travel south in March, to AAMI Park on that occasion, while last season-s Premiers, Western Sydney Wanderers, will make the journey to Melbourne on two occasions also.
Ange Postecoglou and his squad will also spend plenty of time on the road, with two trips to Perth, Newcastle, Central Coast and Wellington this season.
Melbourne Victory Managing Director Richard Wilson said the club was anticipating the 2013/14 campaign to be the most competitive yet.
"What a fitting way to get the ninth season of the Hyundai A-League underway with a Melbourne Derby on October 12 in front of a huge crowd," Mr Wilson said.
"Our fixture includes a large number of Friday and Saturday night games, which will ensure big crowds and television audiences with plenty of blockbusters against some of our biggest rivals played at both AAMI Park and Etihad Stadium.
"We do, however, face a very tough run home again this season, with four of our last five games on the road, including our last match of the campaign against the Phoenix in Wellington once more." Mr Wilson added.