Kevin Muscat’s Melbourne Victory were looking to build on their result from last week against the Wellington Phoenix on Saturday against Frank Farina’s Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, NSW. The Sky Blues were struggling to find their form and needed a result to get back in the thick of things.
“I’ve analysed them and had a good look at them, last week they were good,” Muscat told the press on Friday. “The scoreboard tells you they lost 1-0 and a lot of things get written during the week, but they played well last week. It’s going to be a good challenge for us and these games are normally pretty good games as well.”
“If you give Del Piero time in the attacking third, he’s got a lot of quality and he can hurt you and there’s a lot of pace around him, so we’re going to have to be good on the weekend. [Andrew] Nabbout has been waiting patiently, and so has Connor Pain, and an opportunity has arisen for one of them and it’s now up to them to take it.”
1.Ivan NECEVSKI (GK)
10.Alessandro DEL PIERO
Two to be omitted
1.Nathan COE (GK)
5.Mark MILLIGAN (c)
20.Lawrence THOMAS (GK)
One to be omitted
Kick-Off: 7.45pm AEDT
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Referee: Peter Green
Last Time: Sydney 1-1 Melbourne Victory
History: Sydney 6, Victory 9, Drawn 12
Betting: $2.87 Sydney, $3.40 Draw, $2.60 Melbourne Victory
TV: Fox Sports 1 (LIVE)
In a wild shootout at Allianz, Sydney prevailed, 3-2, on a Alessandro Del Piero penalty conversion in the 37th minute. Other goal scorers for Sydney FC included Richard Garcia (3′) and Sebastian Ryall (15′).
Archie Thompson (17′) and James Troisi (27′) continued their scoring form. Ultimately, it was the lack of defending from the Victory that did the visitors in, combined with a silly foul from Pablo Contreras on Del Piero that was the final nail in the coffin.
|Sydney||Match Completed||Melb Victory|
|3||HALF TIME SCORE||2|
|5||SHOTS ON GOAL||5|
The schedule won’t get any easier for the Victory, who face the Western Sydney Wanderers next week at Pirtek Stadium in Parramatta, NSW. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. AEDT and will be televised by BT Sport 1 worldwide and locally on Fox Sports 1.