NPL preview: Victory v Moreland Zebras

Melbourne Victory plays its final home game of the NPL2 West season on Sunday, hosting the Moreland Zebras.

Summary

Victory welcomes the Zebras to Epping Stadium after a promising performance and result last time out.

Goals from Jack Palazzolo and Aydin Mustedanagic helped Victory overcome the North Geelong Warriors 2-1 in Round 26.


Palazzolo, 19, scored his ninth goal of the season thanks to a Yazid Said assist. The forward bettered his team-high tally of eight in a campaign from 2018.

Mustedanagic, 18, struck what proved to be the match-winner with his first goal of the campaign.

It came after a fine team performance as Victory defended resolutely and looked dangerous in attack against North Geelong.

Victory plays its second last game of the season against the Zebras, who recorded a 2-0 win when the teams met in April.

Head coach Gareth Naven's pre-match thoughts

"It's important that we understand what we need to give and we understand what it looks like with a performance against North Geelong and it's a nice challenge that we need to repeat it. That's my message to my team – let's look at trying to repeat the same performance again and a big focus is what am I giving to the team which helps us achieve that."

This week

NPL2 West 2019 Round 27
Melbourne Victory v Moreland Zebras
Sunday, September 1, 3.00pm AEST
Epping Stadium, Melbourne

U20 NPL2 West 2019 Round 27
Melbourne Victory v Moreland Zebras
Sunday, September 1, 12.30pm AEST
Epping Stadium, Melbourne

Last week

NPL2 West: Victory 2 (Palazzolo 12', Mustedanagic 67') North Geelong Warriors 1
U20 NPL2 West: Victory 4 (Khamis 10', Urbina 25', Paneras 60', Anastovski 80') North Geelong Warriors 0
U18 NPL West: Victory 0 Werribee City 0
U15 NPL West: Victory 6 (York 5', Krysinski 25', OG 28'/37', Minutoli 48', Gust 54') Werribee City 2