Round 8 preview: Victory v Glory

Leigh Broxham is set to play his 300th Hyundai A-League game for Melbourne Victory in Friday's clash against Perth Glory at AAMI Park.

Summary

The Victory great, 31, will become the first player to reach the milestone for a single club if he takes on Perth.

Winner of the Victory Medal last season, Broxham has claimed four championships, three premierships and an FFA Cup with the club.

Broxham is one of four players to have played every minute of Victory's Hyundai A-League season thus far, alongside Ola Toivonen, Lawrence Thomas and James Donachie.

Toivonen was on the scoresheet again in Victory's 3-1 loss to Adelaide United last time out, volleying in a Robbie Kruse cross.

The Swede has five goals and two assists in seven league games this campaign for Victory, which is winless in four matches.

In good news for Victory, Tim Hoogland made his debut for the club in Adelaide, while Andrew Nabbout played 90 minutes and Kruse came off the bench again as the trio return from injuries.

Kruse is one appearance away from reaching 50 games in all competitions for Victory.

Perth is seventh on the table after one win from its opening six games as it sits on six points.

Player in focus

Opta Widget: Broxham 1920

What they said

"We came in and we addressed it as a playing group the first day we were back and then with the coach as well. Obviously it's not good enough from our point of view, we want to be winning games every week, bit of a line in the sand saying we've got to start picking up points or the season is going to get too far away from us and a few little things that we looked at that we can improve. A bit of continuity now will help too, definitely little things we can work on and holding everyone accountable I think, every single player just looking at themselves, not pointing fingers because that can become very toxic in the current environment. Every player has probably been in a similar situation in their career, or experienced players have, so it was just looking at yourself and what you can do better." ­– Victory veteran Broxham.

Last time

Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Round 23
Perth Glory 0-2 Melbourne Victory
Saturday, March 30, 2019
HBF Park, Perth

Victory recorded a hard-fought win in Perth when the teams met late last season.

A trademark free-kick from Toivonen and a Keisuke Honda penalty saw Victory claim three points.

Opta Widget: Last time

As it stands

Opta Widget: HAL table

Head to head

Round 23, 2018/19: Glory 0-2 Victory at HBF Park
Round 18, 2018/19: Victory 1-2 Glory at AAMI Park
Round 2, 2018/19: Victory 2-3 Glory at AAMI Park
Round of 32, 2018 FFA Cup: Glory 0-1 Victory at Dorrien Gardens
Round 24, 2017/18: Glory 1-0 Victory at HBF Park

Opta Widget: H2H

Match details

Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Friday, November 29, 2019
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT

Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Corey BROWN, 4.James DONACHIE, 5.Tim HOOGLAND, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Kenny ATHIU, 8.Jakob POULSEN, 9.Andrew NABBOUT, 10.Robbie KRUSE, 11.Ola TOIVONEN (c), 16.Josh HOPE, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 18.Migjen BASHA, 19.Ben CARRIGAN, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Adama TRAORE, 22.Kristijan DOBRAS, 24.Anthony LESIOTIS, 25.Brandon LAUTON, 50.Brendan WHITE (gk)

Ins: 16.Josh HOPE (promoted), 19.Ben CARRIGAN (promoted), 22.Kristijan DOBRAS (promoted)
Outs: 14.Thomas DENG (groin)
Unavailable: 1.Matt ACTON (shoulder)

Round 8 squad