Victory Tries To Tack On To Top Two

Image courtesy of Klein/Herald Sun
James Troisi has seven goals this season. Image courtesy of Klein/Herald Sun
Everything going in to this match points towards an enthralling and entertaining encounter. It’s second against third, the A-League’s top two scoring teams, and the side with the second best home record against the outfit with the second best points return from away matches. Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney both come in to this match after two straight wins as they go in pursuit of ladder leader Brisbane Roar.

Tomi Juric showed just how important he is to Western Sydney when he made a sparkling return in black and red last weekend, scoring a goal and producing a man of the match performance in the 2-0 victory over Central Coast, which made up in some small way for last season’s grand final defeat. He showed no ill effect after a month off the track with a knee injury.

Victory has its own attacking weapon on the comeback trail from injury in the form of Brazilian Gui Finkler. After tearing his ACL last season, Finkler is almost back to 100 per cent and scored against Perth in the 2-0 triumph before putting in another half-hour of quality work in the easy 3-1 derby win over hapless Melbourne Heart. With James Troisi heading the goalscorers table with seven strikes in 11 games, Finkler might just have to be happy with his cameos off the bench for the meantime.

Western Sydney won the previous encounter between the teams this season 1-0 but Victory had more than enough ball and just couldn’t produce the killer blow. It was the Wanderers’ third straight win over Melbourne’s top team. Last time they met in the Victorian capital the visitors came away with a 2-1 triumph back in February. 

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