Victory Looks To Roll Vic Rival

Picture: Paul Miller/AAP
Archie Thompson scored the winner last time these teams met. Image courtesy of Paul Miller/AAP
In his return from 15 months of injury hell, a brief cameo in the final quarter of last week’s 1-0 loss to Western Sydney turned out to be the final moments of Vince Grella’s career. It was a low-key finish with a calf injury sustained in that outing forcing him in to an early retirement. His exit ended a tumultuous week for Melbourne Heart , following Aziz Behich’s move to big Turkish club Bursapor, so not only has the club lost its most experienced player, but it now needs to find a defender to replace Behich.


It doesn’t bode well for this Saturday’s monster derby with Victory . The good news for Heart fans is that every single win this season – all six of them – has come in Melbourne. While this is technically a road game for Heart, their only ‘away’ victory this campaign was in round one when they held on to a 2-1 halftime lead to take maximum points against their cross-town rival.


John Aloisi’s side has certainly been quick out of the blocks this season. They’ve scored eight goals in the first 15 minutes of games , which is more than any other team. The problem is, if they go behind, they have struggled to play catch up. Heart is the only A-League side yet to take a premiership point when it has been in a losing position this season, so if Victory scores first , it could be curtains for their fierce rival.


Ange Postecoglou’s team won the last meeting between these sides back in December. The match was tied at 1-1 going in to time added on, but evergreen striker Archie Thompson managed to steal the three points with a late winner.



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