NPL preview: Victory v Werribee

Melbourne Victory is looking to bounce back when it hosts Werribee City in the NPL2 West on Sunday.

After a strong start to the season, Victory has suffered back-to-back losses at the hands of Whittlesea Ranges and Dandenong City.

It returns to action with a clash against Werribee at Epping Stadium, with the encounter moved to an earlier kick-off time of 12.30pm AEST.

Victory is sixth on the table after eight games this season, but sits just six points off second.

Nuh Sehavdic, 17, netted his third goal of the season in the loss to Dandenong City.

Birkan Kirdar, 16, and Pierce Waring, 19, have also struck three times for Victory this campaign.

Werribee sits ninth in the NPL2 West after two wins from seven so far this season.

In the previous meeting between the clubs, Werribee claimed a 1-0 win in Round 25 in 2017.

Head coach Gareth Naven
"Sometimes the results are a bit devastating for us. We know what we need to get better at. The boys are trying to work hard and the effort is always there over the last eight rounds, it's just trying to reproduce that and getting a bit smarter in how we stop things and be more consistent and understanding how we get better, whether it's defence, attack or set-pieces for and against.

"I think it's just ongoing learning, what we're doing well just keep going at it and what we need to get better at, recognise it and attach the effort and be really focused on our structure and how that helps us achieve those sorts of things."

This week

NPL2 West 2018 Round 9
Melbourne Victory v Werribee City
Sunday, April 22, 12.30pm AEST
Epping Stadium, Melbourne

U20 NPL2 West 2018 Round 9
Melbourne Victory v Werribee City
Sunday, April 22, 10.30am AEST
Epping Stadium, Melbourne

U18 NPL West 2018 Round 8
Melbourne Victory v Werribee City
Sunday, April 22, 10.45am AEST
Partridge Street Reserve, Melbourne

U15 NPL West 2018 Round 8
Melbourne Victory v Werribee City
Sunday, April 22, 9.00am AEST
Partridge Street Reserve, Melbourne

Last week

NPL2 West: Victory 1 (Sehavdic 84') Dandenong City 5
U20 NPL2 West: Victory 4 (Diaz 20'/60'/61'/77') Dandenong City 1
U18 NPL West: Moreland Zebras 5 Victory 3 (Georgiadis 10', Bassal 49'/89')
U15 NPL West: Moreland Zebras 3 Victory 1 (Siccita 47')