Preview: Round 13 v Newcastle Jets

Melbourne Victory is eyeing a third consecutive win when it hosts the Newcastle Jets in a blockbuster clash at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Our Victory W-League team will be playing a double-header match against Newcastle Jets with kick-off at 5:20pm. Head into the ground early and show your support for the girls in blue.


Victory is coming off back-to-back Hyundai A-League wins, including a dramatic 1-0 Melbourne Derby success last time out.

Mark Milligan struck a 96th-minute penalty to see fifth-placed Victory to that win.

It marked the first time this season Victory has won consecutive games as it continued to build after a slow and disrupted start to the campaign.

While Leroy George was quieter in the Derby, the winger has been Victory's best attacking outlet with three goals and six assists.

The Jets will arrive at AAMI Park in fine form, having won three consecutive games to be second on the table.

However, Victory is unbeaten in its past three home games against Newcastle.

Tickets available here.

Player in focus

Opta Widget: Rhys Williams

What they said

"We waited for a long time to win two games in a row and we're playing good football, the team is looking good, we are very confident and especially the last game in the Derby was very important and we got another win and it'll give us a lot of confidence." – Victory striker Besart Berisha.

Last time

Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Round 8
Newcastle Jets 4-1 Melbourne Victory
Thursday, November 23, 2017
McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

Kosta Barbarouses gave Victory the lead with a spectacular goal, but after the Jets equalised, Milligan was sent off.

The Jets made the most of their numerical advantage, including scoring twice in the final 15 minutes.

Opta Widget: H2H

Head to head

Round 8, 2017/18: Jets 4-1 Victory at McDonald Jones Stadium
Round 19, 2016/17: Jets 0-0 Victory at McDonald Jones Stadium
Round 13, 2016/17: Victory 4-2 Jets at Simonds Stadium
Round 8, 2016/17: Victory 2-0 Jets at AAMI Park
FFA Cup Round of 32 2016: Jets 1-3 Victory at Wanderers Oval

Opta Widget: H2H

Match details

Friday, 29 December 2017
Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-Off: 7:50 PM (Local) (7:50 PM AEDT)

Referee: Chris Beath Assistant
Referee 1: George Lakrindis
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Ilievski
Fourth Official: Shaun Evans
Video Assistant Referee: Jarred Gillett

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 501 from 7.00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand)
Radio Broadcast: (Talking Lifestyle & Sport FM Perth). ABC News on Radio, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Listen App – A-League Live.
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Melbourne Victory squad (two to be omitted): 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Jason GERIA, 4.Rhys WILLIAMS, 5.Mark MILLIGAN, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Kenny ATHIU, 8.Besart BERISHA, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.James TROISI, 14.Thomas DENG, 16.Josh HOPE, 18.Matias SANCHEZ, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 22.Stefan NIGRO, 23.Jai INGHAM, 31.Christian THEOHAROUS, 41.Leroy GEORGE

Ins: 6.Leigh BROXHAM (promoted), 7.Kenny ATHIU (promoted)
Outs: Nil
Unavailable: 11.Mitch AUSTIN (knee), 17.James DONACHIE (quad)

Newcastle Jets squad (two to be omitted): 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD, 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Dimitri PETRATOS, 10.Wayne BROWN, 12.Mario SHABOW, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 15.Andrew NABBOUT, 16.Nick COWBURN, 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 19.Kosta PETRATOS, 20.Glenn MOSS (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 24.Joe CHAMPNESS, 30.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY
Ins: 16.Nick COWBURN (return from injury), 17. Daniel GEORGIEVSKI (return from injury), 19.Kosta PETRATOS (promoted)
Outs: 23.Devante CLUT (omitted)
Unavailable: 1.Jack DUNCAN (foot – 2 weeks), 8.Ronald VARGAS (ankle – indefinite), 9.Roy O’DONOVAN (groin – 10 weeks)