NPL preview: Brunswick City v Victory

Melbourne Victory makes the trip to Brunswick City in Round 18 of the NPL2 West on Saturday.

Victory saw its five-match unbeaten run ended by Moreland City last time out.

Despite the 6-0 defeat, Victory remained in fifth on the table and is five points off second.

Victory plays eight of its final 11 matches of the season away from home, beginning with the trip to Dunstan Reserve.

It has enjoyed a strong record on the road this season, winning three and losing just one of its six matches away.

Brunswick is sixth on the table – a point behind Victory – ahead of the encounter.

Victory recorded a 4-1 win, thanks to goals from Nicholas Sette, Nuh Sehavdic, Yazid Said and Josh Hope, when the teams met in Round 2.

Head coach Gareth Naven

"I think it's important to have a response. We focus on our ability to always maintain good standards in a match. It's important to us that we do the small things really, really well, from set-pieces through to moving up the pitch, progressing forward and obviously defending. I think the focus will be on a good effort and it's important that we are back on our game, are very competitive, not too much thinking about what has to happen and be positive about our approach as we had done in the previous weeks.

"I think there's an easy incentive to get back on track after our performance on the weekend, and obviously that performance resulted in a fairly convincing win against us."

This week

NPL2 West 2018 Round 18
Brunswick City v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, June 23, 3.00pm AEST
Dunstan Reserve, Melbourne

U20 NPL2 West 2018 Round 18
Brunswick City v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, June 23, 1.00pm AEST
Dunstan Reserve, Melbourne

U18 NPL West 2018 Round 17
Melbourne Victory v Whittlesea Ranges
Sunday, June 24, 10.45am AEST
Partridge Street Reserve, Melbourne

U15 NPL West 2018 Round 17
Melbourne Victory v Whittlesea Ranges
Sunday, June 24, 9.00am AEST
Partridge Street Reserve, Melbourne

Last week

NPL2 West: Victory 0 Moreland City 6
U20 NPL2 West: Victory v Moreland City washed out
U18 NPL West: Moreland City v Victory washed out
U15 NPL West: Moreland City v Victory washed out