Preview: Match Day 2 v Shanghai SIPG

Melbourne Victory will look to build on a promising start to its AFC Champions League campaign when it visits Shanghai SIPG.


Victory came from behind three times to draw 3-3 with Ulsan Hyundai in its opening Group F outing.

Leroy George was the star in Melbourne, scoring twice and setting up a header for Rhys Williams during the thrilling clash.

It continued what has been a fine campaign for George, who has scored five goals and assisted 12 in all competitions.

Victory arrives in Shanghai having had the weekend off in the Hyundai A-League.

It also faces somewhat familiar opposition after meeting Shanghai SIPG during the group stage in 2016.

Then, the clubs split their two meetings with Victory claiming a 2-1 win in Melbourne before losing 3-1 away from home.

The trip also shapes as another chance for Victory to record a first away win in the AFC Champions League.

In 16 previous matches away from home, the club has drawn six and lost 10.

Victory meets a star-filled Shanghai SIPG, which opened its campaign with a 1-0 win over Kawasaki Frontale.

The Brazilian attacking trio of Oscar, Hulk and Elkeson all shape as threats.

Find out more about Shanghai SIPG here

Player in focus

Opta Widget: Leroy George

What they said

"Obviously there are massive players with massive profiles. Hulk played in Europe and even Oscar, playing for Chelsea. We've got the quality to match them and it's just all about out-competing them and fighting." – Victory attacker Christian Theoharous.

Last time

AFC Champions League 2016 Group G
Shanghai SIPG 3-1 Melbourne Victory
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai

Shanghai struck twice late in the first half through Yu Hai and Elkeson before a Dario Conca penalty after the interval.

Jesse Makarounas pulled a goal back for Victory in the 81st minute.

Head to head

Group stage, 2016: Shanghai SIPG 3-1 Victory at Shanghai Stadium
Group stage, 2016: Victory 2-1 Shanghai SIPG at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

Opta Widget: H2H

Match details

Shanghai SIPG v Melbourne Victory
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai
Kick-off: 8.00pm local (11.00pm AEDT)
Live on Fox Sports 501