Preview: Match Day 1 v Ulsan Hyundai

Melbourne Victory begins its AFC Champions League campaign with a clash against Ulsan Hyundai on Tuesday.

Summary

Victory is featuring in the Champions League for a sixth time, having reached the last 16 in 2016.

It has been drawn alongside Ulsan, J1 League Champion Kawasaki Frontale and Chinese heavyweight Shanghai SIPG in Group F.

However, Victory goes into its opening outing on the back of three consecutive Hyundai A-League losses.

Despite being given hope by a stunning James Troisi goal, Victory was beaten 2-1 by a clinical Brisbane Roar on Friday.

Leroy George made his first start since suffering a hamstring injury, the winger having starred with 11 assists in the league this campaign.

The result left Victory in fifth on the Hyundai A-League table with seven games to go this season.

Victory welcomes an Ulsan side yet to begin its league campaign to Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

Kim Do-hoon's side finished fourth in the K-League last season and starts its new campaign in that competition in March.

Croatian forward Mislav Orsic helped Ulsan to that finish with 10 goals and three assists in the league.

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Player in focus

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What they said

"Just concentrating on making sure we get our jobs done on Tuesday night. There's a lot to be excited about, it's the first game of the campaign, we want to get off to a positive start here at home, we want to get off to a really good start and all the preparations will turn to that now. The players and everyone at the football club should be excited by it." – Victory head coach Kevin Muscat.

Match details

Melbourne Victory v Ulsan Hyundai
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT
Tickets available here
Live on Fox Sports 501