NPL preview: Victory v Ballarat

Melbourne Victory welcomes Ballarat City to Epping Stadium in Round 22 of the NPL2 West on Sunday.

Victory suffered a dramatic 2-1 loss to the Moreland Zebras in an unfortunate defeat last time out.

Jack Palazzolo, 18, opened the scoring with his sixth goal of the season, but the Zebras struck twice in the second half.

Victory has been beaten in two straight games since its win over Nunawading City at the start of the month.

Its meeting with Ballarat marks its second last home game of the campaign.

Victory is seventh on the table with seven matches remaining this season.

Ballarat sits ninth – six points behind Victory – ahead of the encounter.

The teams last met in Round 6, when Victory recorded a thrilling 5-4 win.

This week

NPL2 West 2018 Round 22
Melbourne Victory v Ballarat City
Sunday, July 22, 3.00pm AEST
Epping Stadium, Melbourne

U20 NPL2 West 2018 Round 22
Melbourne Victory v Ballarat City
Sunday, July 22, 12.30pm AEST
Epping Stadium, Melbourne

U18 NPL West 2018 Round 20
Melbourne Victory v Bendigo City
Sunday, July 22, 11.45am AEST
Partridge Street Reserve, Melbourne

U15 NPL West 2018 Round 20
Melbourne Victory v Bendigo City
Sunday, July 22, 10.00am AEST
Partridge Street Reserve, Melbourne

Last week

NPL2 West: Moreland Zebras 2 Victory 1 (Palazzolo 8')
U20 NPL2 West: Moreland Zebras 3 Victory 1 (Morton 44')
U18 NPL West: St Albans Saints 3 Victory 3 (Dinatale 14', Paneras 49', Constantinou 61')
U15 NPL West: St Albans Saints 1 Victory 2 (Siccita 58', Karvounis 68')