Muscat urges fans to support women

Melbourne Victory captain Kevin Muscat has urged all fans attending the Telstra Dome on Saturday night to get there early to see the club's W-League team play.

Melbourne Victory captain Kevin Muscat has urged all fans attending the Telstra Dome on Saturday night to get there early to see the club's W-League team play.

While most eyes will be on the top of the table clash between Melbourne and Sydney FC, the new W-League season kicks off this weekend, with the Victory taking on the Central Coast Mariners in the curtain raiser to the main game.

The men's match commences at 7:00pm (AEST), but Muscat wants all Victory fans to get to the ground early to support the women.

"The number of girls or women that play the game in this country is growing and we have always maintained we are family club," Muscat said.

"The girls will be playing before our game on Saturday evening so I will be getting down there pretty early to have a look and I would urge all our supporters to do the same."

The women's team is the newest addition to the Melbourne Victory family, with the club's youth side already four matches into its season.

Muscat said the two new teams have been great for the club and he is looking forward to seeing them both in action.

"We have always preached that Melbourne Victory is a family club and the family has just got bigger," he said.

"The youth team has played four or five games already and they are travelling along ok and now we have got the ladies come on board. It is great for the football club."

Despite having registered just one win from their past four games, Muscat is confident that his side will be able to perform well against Sydney.

"Preparations are going pretty well," Muscat said.

"We are going to be missing one or two players but we have got that out of the way. We have watched DVD's of what we have done on the weekend and what Sydney has done and how we are going to play and how we are going to prepare."

Sydney is coming off a 2-1 loss to Perth last weekend, but Muscat knows that veteran coach John Kosmina will lift his troops for the blockbuster clash against the Victory.

"He (Kosmina) will come here and he will fire them up like he always does," Muscat said.

"These games traditionally have had some goals scored in them and hopefully that will be the case in front of a massive crowd on Saturday night."

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