NPL preview: Eastern Lions v Victory

Melbourne Victory makes the trip to Eastern Lions in Round 10 of the NPL2 West on Saturday.

Victory has suffered three straight losses heading into the encounter at Gardiners Creek Reserve.

It took an early lead against Werribee City last time out thanks to Nuh Sehavdic, but conceded a late goal to lose 2-1.

Sehavdic's goal, which was set up by a fine run from Birkan Kirdar, was his fourth of the season – a team-high for Victory.

Victory is eighth on the table through nine rounds this season, while it has lost just one of its three matches away from home this campaign.

Eastern Lions are eighth in the NPL2 East after winning three of their opening nine games.

Victory and the Lions last met in 2017, with the former winning 4-1 at Epping Stadium thanks to a Pierce Waring brace and goals from Christian Theoharous and Nicholas Sette.

Head coach Gareth Naven

"We're always looking for improvement. I'd like to think that we need to know that our effort is important to us on the weekend and we need to use the ball in better ways than we did against Werribee.

"I think they understand that, our group, and that's what we'll be working towards in this week's game against Eastern Lions. That's where we are as a group and it'll take all of us to provide the performance for the weekend."

This week

NPL2 West 2018 Round 10
Eastern Lions v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, April 28, 3.00pm AEST
Gardiners Creek Reserve, Burwood

U20 NPL2 West 2018 Round 10
Eastern Lions v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, April 28, 1.00pm AEST
Gardiners Creek Reserve, Burwood

U18 NPL West 2018 Round 9
Pascoe Vale v Melbourne Victory
Sunday, April 29, 1.00pm AEST
Hosken Reserve, Melbourne

U15 NPL West 2018 Round 9
Pascoe Vale v Melbourne Victory
Sunday, April 29, 11.20am AEST
Hosken Reserve, Melbourne

Last week

NPL2 West: Victory 1 (Sehavdic 8') Werribee City 2
U20 NPL2 West: Victory 8 (Urbina 11'/75', Wilson 16', Diaz 34'/46'/65', Nedanovski 39', Lethlean 59') Werribee City 2
U18 NPL West: Victory 3 (Constantinou 16', Moukachar 32'/69') Werribee City 0
U15 NPL West: Victory 5 (Cianci 21', Najdovski 23', Manolopoulos 29', Siccita 39', Rosenberg 45') Werribee City 2