Preview: Round 7 v Perth Glory

PreviewMatchDetails

Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory
Sunday, November 19, nib Stadium
7.00pm AEDT
Live on Fox Sports 501

Don't forget, The Duke is Victory's official away game venue for the 2017/18 season. Details: mvf.club/theduke

PreviewCoachThoughts

on Mitch Austin's knee injury…
"It's devastating news for Mitch, first and foremost, pretty deflating for everyone. Obviously something so innocuous and Mitch is devastated. From here on in, we'll obviously provide him with all the support that he needs and I'm sure he'll be fine throughout his recovery and he'll be back in the shortest amount of time possible."

on Christian Theoharous...
"He definitely did well when he came on (against Brisbane Roar). There are a number of things you've got to take into consideration, like how long he can play for. He's certainly done enough which is what you want – for him to start applying pressure. You put people on the bench and you ask them to come on and have an impact and influence the game and I don't think he could've done much more so, from that perspective, I couldn't be happier for him, a real shot in the arm for him, and it's very good for the team also."

Christian Theoharous

on the team's morale…
"That's one thing that's not concerning whatsoever. There's certainly a lot of confidence, morale is high, it's just a matter of now turning the indifferent performances into really good performances and I'm more than sure the results will start to flow."

Rhys Williams

on the team's form…
"I don't think we're frustrated. We've been playing quite well and it just hasn't come off. That's part and parcel of the game, that's football for you. We worked exactly the same this week and we'll look to get three points on the board."

on confidence…
"No confidence has been lost at all. We all feel great. We're still laughing and joking in training. We could say we haven't won, but we're four undefeated as well with a few away games thrown in there. It's been a disrupted start to the season, but we've got boys back now for hopefully an extended time and now we can look to push forward."

Melbourne Victory defender Rhys Williams

on facing his former club…
"I can't wait. I've been speaking to a few of the boys and it's my hometown club, I love the club, but don't get me wrong I don't want to do them any favours on Sunday."

PreviewFastFacts
  • Victory has been fouled more than any other team this season and 20 times more than the next highest.
  • There have been just five first-half goals scored in Victory's last 10 games.
  • Leroy George has been fouled 19 times this season – more than any other player.
PreviewSquads

Perth Glory (two to be omitted): 2.Alex GRANT, 4.Shane LOWRY, 5.Jacob POSCOLIERO, 6.Mitch NICHOLS, 8.Xavi TORRES, 9.Andy KEOGH (c), 11.Mitch MALLIA, 13. Nick FEELY (gk), 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Brandon WILSON, 16.Joseph MILLS, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18.Andreu GUERAO, 19.Joe KNOWLES, 20.Jake BRIMMER, 23.Scott NEVILLE, 29.Jeremy WALKER, 33.Liam REDDY (gk)

Ins: 16.Joseph MILLS (promoted), 29.Jeremy WALKER (promoted)
Outs: Nil
Unavailable: 3.Marc WARREN (ankle 7-8 weeks), 7.Joel CHIANESE (collar bone 2-3 weeks), 22.Adam TAGGART (hamstring 5-7 weeks), 25.Daniel STYNES (hamstring 2-3 weeks)

Melbourne Victory (one 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, 18.Matias SANCHEZ, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 22.Stefan NIGRO, 23.Jai INGHAM, 31.Christian THEOHAROUS, 41.Leroy GEORGE

Ins: 5.Mark MILLIGAN, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.James TROISI (all return from international duty)
Outs: 15.Cameron McGILP, 16.Josh HOPE (both omitted)
Unavailable: 11.Mitch AUSTIN (knee), 17.James DONACHIE (quad)