NPL preview: Victory v Springvale

Melbourne Victory looks to return to winning ways in the NPL2 West when it hosts the Springvale White Eagles on Sunday.

Summary

Victory produced a promising display last time out, but was held to a 2-2 draw by Box Hill United.

It is back at Epping Stadium for the second of three straight home games when it hosts Springvale in Round 15.

Stefan Ristic, 18, grabbed a brace against Box Hill for his first goals of the campaign.

The attacking midfielder opened the scoring after just 11 seconds, while his second was a header from an Aydin Mustedanagic cross to bring Victory level.

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

The teams last met in July last year, when the White Eagles recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win at home.

Head coach Gareth Naven's pre-match thoughts

"I just want to make sure that we stop at nothing to make sure that we improve in the things that we need to do in the match. Also, we need to understand the importance of why we need to do it because it'll improve our performance and you'll get rewards from it. More than anything, it's about wanting to do it, which at the end of the day is collectively working hard towards a common goal."

This week

NPL2 West 2019 Round 15
Melbourne Victory v Springvale White Eagles
Sunday, June 2, 3.00pm AEST
Epping Stadium, Melbourne

U20 NPL2 West 2019 Round 15
Melbourne Victory v Springvale White Eagles
Sunday, June 2, 12.30pm AEST
Epping Stadium, Melbourne

U18 NPL West 2019 Round 14
Melbourne Victory v Brunswick City
Sunday, June 2, 10.45am AEST
Partridge Street Reserve, Melbourne

U15 NPL West 2019 Round 14
Melbourne Victory v Brunswick City
Sunday, June 2, 9.00am AEST
Partridge Street Reserve, Melbourne

Last week

NPL2 West: Victory 2 (Ristic 1'/68') Box Hill United 2
U20 NPL2 West: Victory 2 (Tountas 9', Leban 83') Box Hill United 2
U18 NPL West: St Albans Saints 0 Victory 4 (Brown-Shaw 11'/18', Dellidis 26', Anastovski 47')
U15 NPL West: St Albans Saints 2 Victory 5 (Kapaklis 15', Karvounis 22'/39', Razmovski 50', York 56')