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Venue: AAMI Park
Attendance: 16814
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Hyundai A-League preview: Victory v Glory

Melbourne Victory will be hoping to bounce back quickly from last week's loss to Sydney FC but face a tough task against bogey side Perth Glory, who are full of confidence.

MATCH DETAILS

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Kick-Off:  7:50PM (Local) (7:50PM (AEDT))

Referee:  Kurt Ams

Assistant Referee 1:  George Lakrindis

Assistant Referee 2:  Luke Brennan

Fourth Official:  Jonathan Barreiro

TV Broadcast:  Live coverage on Fox Sports 505 from 7.00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand)

Radio Broadcast:  ABC Radio Melbourne, ABC Radio Vic, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live, 1116 SEN (Melbourne)

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To purchase tickets visit  www.aleague.com.au

Melbourne Victory squad:  2.Jason GERIA, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Marco ROJAS, 8.Besart BERISHA, 10.James TROISI, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 13.Oliver BOZANIC, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Alan BARO, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.James DONACHIE, 19.George HOWARD, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 23.Jai INGHAM, 40.Matt ACTON (gk)

**two to be omitted**

Alan Baro.

Ins:  15.Alan BARO (returns from illness), 19.George HOWARD (promoted)

Outs:  Nil

Unavailable:  Nil

Perth Glory  squad:  3.Marc WARREN, 5.Rhys WILLIAMS, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 8.Rostyn GRIFFITHS (c), 9.Andy KEOGH, 10.Nebo MARINKOVIC, 11.Richard GARCIA, 13.Nick FEELY (gk), 14.Chris HAROLD, 16.Joe MILLS, 17.Diego CASTRO, 19.Josh RISDON, 20.Aryn WILLIAMS, 22.Adam TAGGART, 23.Kosta PETRATOS, 28.Joe KNOWLES, 33.Liam REDDY (gk)

**two to be omitted**

Glory players celebrate Nebo Marinkovic's goal in their 2-0 win over Wellington Phoenix.

Ins:  10.Nebo MARINKOVIC (returns from injury), 23.Kosta PETRATOS (promoted)

Outs:  Nil

Unavailable:  2.Alex GRANT (foot – 2 weeks), 4.Shane LOWRY (quad – 1 week) , 15.Brandon WILSON (back – 1 week),18.Mitch OXBORROW (foot – 2 weeks)

BLUFFER'S GUIDE

Conventional wisdom suggests last week's Big Blue was a preview of the A-League grand final with Sydney on the verge of wrapping up the Premier's Plate and second-placed Victory holding a nine-point advantage over the rest of the competition.

Glory will aim to cast some doubt on that widely held belief on Saturday night when they visit Victory.

Perth are one of four clubs to have beaten Victory this season and the trip to AAMI Park shouldn't worry Kenny Lowe's side too much.

Glory haven't lost to Victory in the A-League in almost three years, although they have succumbed twice in the FFA Cup in that period, with the Western Australian club having avoided defeat in their past five meetings with Kevin Muscat's men.

This season Glory held on for a 1-1 draw in Melbourne in December, while in January, Perth triumphed 2-1 at home.

Perth Glory players celebrate Adam Taggart's winner against Victory on Saturday night.

If the men in purple could notch another win in Round 23, there will be growing sense Victory could be vulnerable to teams below them come finals time.

Both coaches have regained the services of key players this week, with Perth's Nebo Marinkovic returning from a groin injury after missing two games, while Victory defender Alan Baro is also back after illness forced him out of the loss to Sydney.

Perth will arrive in Melbourne after a busy period of travel - they claimed a 3-3 draw away to Wellington Phoenix last week - but are full of confidence as they haven't lost in five matches.

Victory will want to regain some momentum and take another step to securing AFC Champions League qualification in one of their three remaining home games before the finals begin in April.

ROUTE TO GOAL

'The Three Musketeers' did the job for Glory against the Phoenix in Round 22, with Andy Keogh, Adam Taggart and Diego Castro all getting on the scoresheet in Auckland.

In a topsy-turvy encounter, Castro provided the moment of magic that sealed the draw, with the Spaniard curling a free-kick inside the far post from a tight angle in the 81st minute.

The Spaniard has been brilliant in Perth's current unbeaten run, scoring five goals and setting up another two.

Victory were held scoreless for just the third time this season last week but their highly-rated attack has arguably been off the boil since the start of February.

The Big V have managed seven goals in five games but three of them came in one fixture away to Central Coast Mariners.

Besart Berisha celebrates opening the scoring against the Mariners at Central Coast Stadium in Round 20.

Besart Berisha remains two goals off a century in the A-League and has scored in 10 of Victory's past 15 games, so don't be surprised if the future Kosovo international finds the net against Glory after he failed to produce a shot on target versus the Sky Blues.

WHO'S BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK?

Diego Castro. The reigning Johnny Warren medallist is making a late charge to win the award again in 2016/17 and was scintillating against Wellington Phoenix, scoring a brilliant equalising free-kick and leading Glory for shots and chances created.

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Kevin Muscat thought his side were 'outstanding' following their 4-1 win over Glory at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

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Clinical Victory hit four past Perth

Melbourne Victory have kept alive the Premiership race and ended their Perth Glory hoodoo after romping to a 4-1 win over the WA outfit at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

The home side hadn’t beaten Perth in their last eight outings and they got off to an inauspicious start when Diego Castro opened the scoring against the run of play after just five minutes.

However Victory rallied on the back of a vintage Besart Berisha performance, with their talisman netting his 99th Hyundai A-League goal before teeing up Fahid Ben Khalfallah in sensational fashion before the break.

Both sides continued to play an expansive brand of football after the interval but just when it looked like Glory would draw level they were hit with a sucker punch via the boot of Marco Rojas.

James Troisi celebrated his recall to the Caltex Socceroos fold with a sublime individual effort to bank Victory’s fourth, while Lawrence Thomas made a couple of spectacular late saves to maintain the final three goal margin.

The result means Kevin Muscat's side have now won nine of their last 11 home matches, while Glory have work to do over the remaining four rounds in their quest to host an Elimination Final.

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GOALS

0-1 Perth Glory: Diego Castro, 5’

A goal bound Adam Taggart header was well saved by Thomas following a cross from Andy Keogh but Castro was on hand to lash home the parry from an acute angle.

1-1 Melbourne Victory: Besart Berisha, 23’

Marco Rojas picked out the front post run of his strike partner with a curling free-kick, with Berisha heading strongly between Liam Reddy and the post to draw his side level.

Besart Berisha

2-1 Melbourne Victory: Fahid Ben Khalfallah, 42’

Berisha dug into his bag of tricks, juggling the ball multiple times on the byline before whipping in a cross with his back to goal that the Tunisian nodded home after getting the better of Josh Risdon.

3-1 Melbourne Victory: Marco Rojas, 48’

The home side hit Glory in transition with Ben Khalfallah feeding the run of Rojas, who darted towards goal before cutting inside Marc Warren and bending the ball inside the far post.

4-1 Melbourne Victory: James Troisi, 73’

The in-form midfielder did it all himself, winning the ball and ghosting past a couple of defenders before hammering the ball past Reddy who was left rooted to the spot.

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