Preview: Round 16 v Perth Glory

Melbourne Victory looks to bounce back to winning ways when it hosts Perth Glory at AAMI Park on Saturday.

Summary

Victory saw its four-game unbeaten run ended with a 2-1 loss to Wellington Phoenix on Wednesday.

It played almost the entire game in New Zealand with 10 men after defender Rhys Williams was sent off in the eighth minute.

The result left Victory in fifth on the table, ahead of the visit of seventh-placed Glory.

While Williams will miss the clash against Perth, Victory regains captain Carl Valeri from suspension.

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Kosta Barbarouses put Victory ahead in Wellington with his fourth league goal of the season, with only Besart Berisha (six) having scored more for the club this campaign.

Leigh Broxham made his 200th Hyundai A-League start for Victory and he is one appearance away from 250 in total.

Victory is unbeaten at home against Perth Glory since January 2015, a run of five games in all competitions.

Player in focus

Opta Widget: Valeri

What they said

"It's kind of crept up. People have been reminding me about it (the milestone). It's something I'm proud of but at the same time, there's a game of football so it's a tough to mix to get right of enjoying the moment and winning the game. I'm looking forward to it and I just want it to be enjoyable afterwards, I think that's what makes it most enjoyable, if we can win the game." – Victory milestone man Broxham.

Last time

Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Round 7
Perth Glory 0-2 Melbourne Victory
Sunday, November 19, 2017
nib Stadium, Perth

Victory claimed its first Hyundai A-League win of the season when it visited Perth.

Berisha and Leroy George struck in the second half to see Victory to the three points.

Opta Widget: Last time

Head to head

Round 7, 2017/18: Glory 0-2 Victory at nib Stadium
Round 23, 2016/17: Victory 4-1 Glory at AAMI Park
Round 16, 2016/17: Glory 2-1 Victory at nib Stadium
Round 9, 2016/17: Victory 1-1 Glory at AAMI Park
Round 17, 2015/16: Glory 3-2 Victory at nib Stadium

Opta Widget: H2H

Match Details

Saturday, 13 January 2018 
Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory 
AAMI Park, Melbourne 
Kick-Off: 7:50PM (Local) (7:50PM AEDT) 
Referee: Alex King
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Shchentinin 
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Ilievski
Fourth Official: Lachlan Keevers
Video Assistant Referee: Jarred Gillett

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 501 from 7.45pm (AEDT), ONE from 7:45pm and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand)

Radio Broadcast: myfootballnation.com (1116 SEN, 6PR Perth), ABC News on Radio, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Listen App – A-League Live

Melbourne Victory Squad (one to be omitted): 1.Matt ACTON (Gk), 2.Jason GERIA, 3.Dino DJULBIC, 5.Mark MILLIGAN, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 8.Besart BERISHA, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.James TROISI, 16.Josh HOPE, 18.Matias SANCHEZ, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (Gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 22.Stefan NIGRO, 23.Jai INGHAM, 24.Terry ANTONIS, 31.Christian THEOHAROUS, 41.Leroy GEORGE

Ins: 21.Carl VALERI (c) (returns from suspension), 16.Josh HOPE (promoted)
Outs: 4.Rhys WILLIAMS (suspended)
Unavailable: 14.Thomas DENG (international duty), 11.Mitch AUSTIN (knee), 17.James DONACHIE (quad)

Perth Glory Squad (two to be omitted): 2.Alex GRANT, 4.Shane LOWRY, 6.Mitch NICHOLS8.Xavi TORRES, 9.Andy KEOGH (c), 13 Nick FEELY (Gk), 14.Chris HAROLD, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18. Andreu GUERAO, 19.Joe KNOWLES, 20.Jake BRIMMER, 22.Adam TAGGART, 23.Scott NEVILLE, 24.Callum TIMMINS, 26.Jacob ITALIANO, 27.Riley WARLAND, 29.Jeremy WALKER, 33.Liam REDDY (gk)

Ins: 4.Shane LOWRY (returns from injury), 6.Mitch NICHOLS (returns from injury), 27.Riley WARLAND (promoted)
Outs: 37.Walter SCOTT (omitted)
Unavailable: 3.Marc WARREN (ankle – 1-2 weeks), 5.Jacob POSCOLIERO (illness – 1 week), 7.Joel CHIANESE (groin – 1 week) 15.Brandon WILSON (international duty), 16.Joseph MILLS (neck – 1 week), 25.Daniel STYNES (hamstring – 1-2 weeks)