Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney Wanderers FC: match preview

Western Sydney Wanderers made a dream start to life back at Wanderland in Round 1 but will face a stern test when they take on Melbourne Victory at Marvel Stadium on Friday night.

An inspired performance from skipper Mitch Duke ensured Markus Babbel’s side opened the season with a 2-1 home win over Central Coast Mariners last weekend but it could be their away form which determines their fortunes in 2019/20.

Victory drew a blank in their season opener, playing out a 0-0 draw in the Melbourne derby against Melbourne City last Saturday night.

But Victory – under new boss Marco Kurz – showed some encouraging signs and are rarely kept goalless two games in a row.

WANDERERS: Babbel welcomes winds of change to all-new Wanderland
VICTORY: Kurz admits lack of cutting edge cost Victory in Melbourne Derby

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Friday, 18 October 2019
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: Marvel Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: My Football App, Kayo Sports 

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Tim Hoogland
Victory defender Tim Hoogland has been ruled out for six weeks through injury

Did you know?

  • Tass Mourdoukoutas (Western Sydney Wanderers) made 11 clearances in the first round of this A-League campaign, the joint-most of any player and more than twice that of any Melbourne Victory player.

  • Western Sydney Wanderers (+0.2) were one of only two teams (also Perth Glory) to outperform their Expected Goals (1.8) in the opening round of the 2019/20 A-League season.
  • Melbourne Victory are undefeated in their last five A-League games at Marvel Stadium (W3, D2); the last time they went longer without loss at the venue was a 12-game spread from April 2014 to February 2016 (W10, D2).

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