NPL preview: Western v Victory

Melbourne Victory takes on Western United in the NPL 3 Victoria at Epping Stadium on Sunday.

Summary

Victory resumed the campaign with a 2-2 draw against the Springvale White Eagles last time out.

Under the guidance of Danny Graystone, Academy - Coaching Lead, Victory took a 2-0 lead at the Serbian Sports Centre in a game played behind closed doors.

Nicholas Hamakiotis drilled in the opener and Gianluca Iannucci tucked away a first-half penalty for his third goal of the season.

But Victory was pulled back in the second half, with Luca Da Silva, who started at left-back, sent off in the 82nd minute.

Victory has lost just one of the past six games, although the campaign was briefly postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne.

Ahead of facing Western United at Epping Stadium, Victory is sixth on the table, four points adrift of Sunday's opponent.

The teams met in March, when William Wilson's late equaliser earned a 10-man Victory a point.

This week

NPL 3 Victoria: Western United v Melbourne Victory (Sunday, June 27 at 3.30pm AEST at Epping Stadium, Melbourne)
U21 NPL 3 Victoria: Western United v Melbourne Victory (Sunday, June 27 at 1.00pm AEST at Epping Stadium, Melbourne)
U19 NPL 3 Victoria: Bye
U17 NPL 2: South Melbourne v Melbourne Victory (Sunday, June 27 at 2.00pm AEST at Princes Park Caulfield, Caulfield South)
U16 NPL 1: Eltham Redbacks v Melbourne Victory (Sunday, June 27 at 1.15pm AEST at Eltham North Reserve, Eltham North)
U15 NPL 3 North/West: Melbourne Victory v Goulburn Valley Suns (Sunday, June 27 at 11.30am AEST at Harvest Home Recreation Reserve, Melbourne)
U14 NPL 3 North/West: Hume City v Melbourne Victory (Sunday, June 27 at 10.00am AEST at ABD Stadium Broadmeadows Valley Park, West Meadows)

Last week

NPL 3 Victoria: Victory U21s 2 (Hamakiotis 9', Iannucci 35' pen) Springvale White Eagles 2
U21 NPL 3 Victoria: Victory U19s 8 (Kuol 11', Anastovski 12'/30'/46'/56', Stamatelos 33', Moric 37', Gandhi 45') Springvale White Eagles 0
U19 NPL 3 Victoria: Victory U17s 5 (Minutoli 33'/64', D'Argenio 45', Petrevski 78', Karlovic 90') Springvale White Eagles 0
U17 NPL 2: North Geelong Warriors 0 Victory U16s 6 (Mohamed 8', Bourke 20', Muhindo 28', Spaseski 35', McCloskey 65'/68')
U16 NPL 1: Dandenong Thunder 0 Victory U15s 3 (Mandic 3'/35', Parissis 61')
U15 NPL 3 North/West: Victory U14s 0 Geelong 0
U14 NPL 3 North/West: Ballarat City 2 Victory U13s 2 (Bovalino 20', Houridis 52')