Victory Determined To Bounce Back

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Glory Captain Jacob Burns returns from suspension. Image courtesy of Getty Images

Glamour A-League club Melbourne Victory is desperate to avoid consecutive home defeats when it faces Perth Glory at AAMI Park on Friday night. Both sides are level on 12 competition points after nine rounds, with Victory clinging to sixth place on goal difference.

Melbourne is coming off a disappointing 2-1 home loss to surprise packet Newcastle, while Perth impressively snapped a two-match losing streak thumping struggler Wellington Phoenix 4-2 . However, Glory has struggled to get a result in Melbourne. From 14 matches in the Victorian capital, the West Australian franchise has managed just two wins and four draws . Among the eight losses, there are a couple of horror results – 6-2 in January 2010 and 4-0 in October 2008.

With his side dominating possession, but not converting it, Victory coach Kevin Muscat is under increasing pressure to ditch the 4-2-2-2 formation in favour of using veteran central striker Archie Thompson up front.

Leading into this A-League clash, Glory warmed-up with a friendly against Malaysian Premier League outfit Felda United on Tuesday night in Perth. The locals won 9-0, with Ndumba Makeche scoring a first half hat-trick, Borbor Sam a double and Jamie Maclaren, Jacob Burns, Adrian Zahra and Brandon O’Neill all finding the net as well. Looking to use the practise match to give some of his senior players much needed game time and fringe candidates a chance to impress, coach Alistair Edwards swapped the entire squad at halftime. Having his first hit-out after a two-match ban, Glory captain Jacob Burns scored a goal in his 45-minute stint in the second half.

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