NPL preview: Murray v Victory

Melbourne Victory makes the trip to Wodonga to face Murray United in the NPL2 West on Saturday.

Summary

Victory is bidding for a return to winning ways after an unlucky loss at Langwarrin in its previous outing in Round 12.

It was punished for squandering numerous chances, suffering a 1-0 defeat away from home.

Victory faces another trip on Saturday, meeting Murray United, which has club great Archie Thompson as part of its squad.

Despite its loss to Langwarrin, Victory produced a good performance, but it was unable to make the most of its opportunities, with Stefan Ristic going closest when the 18-year-old midfielder hit the post in the first half.

Of its seven away games so far this season, Victory has won three, scoring 13 goals.

Victory is eighth in the NPL2 West, while Murray sits 10th in the NPL2 East.

The clubs last met in May 2018, Victory recording a 3-0 win at Epping Stadium with Benjamin Carrigan and Jack Palazzolo – who recently made their professional debuts – on the scoresheet.

Head coach Gareth Naven's pre-match thoughts

"End product is important, that's how you win games. Perform well and get rewarded for performing well, rather than performing well and not getting rewarded. That's what we need to do. You've got to understand how you get there, you've got to understand the contest is the most important thing in sport, it's the most important thing so we'll be working hard to make sure that we contest every situation."

This week

NPL2 West 2019 Round 13
Murray United v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, May 18, 3.00pm AEST
La Trobe University (Albury-Wodonga), Wodonga

U20 NPL2 West 2019 Round 13
Murray United v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, May 18, 12.30pm AEST
La Trobe University (Albury-Wodonga), Wodonga

U18 NPL West 2019 Round 12
Bendigo City v Melbourne Victory
Sunday, May 19, 12.00pm AEST
Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve, Epsom

U15 NPL West 2019 Round 12
Bendigo City v Melbourne Victory
Sunday, May 19, 10.00am AEST
Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve, Epsom

Last week

NPL2 West: Langwarrin 1 Victory 0
U20 NPL2 West: Langwarrin 1 Victory 2 (Moukachar 33', Nedanovski 36')
U15 NPL West: Hume City 0 Victory 2 (Minutoli 4', Karvounis 23')