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A-League preview: Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory

A-League preview: Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory

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Perth Glory will take comfort in their superb record over Melbourne Victory at home, with points crucial for both sides - if for vastly different reasons

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  PROBABLE LINEUP
PERTH GLORY

Vukovic
Risdon, Pantelidis, V. d. Brink, Jamieson
Dodd, Miller, Burns, Heffernan
Smeltz, McGarry
MELBOURNE VICTORY

Coe
Ferreira, Ansell, Leijer, Traore
Dilevski, Milligan, Broxham
Rojas, Flores, Thompson
Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou will no doubt have ordered his team to work on their finishing this week after they missed out on a win over league-leaders Central Coast in Week 16.

Postecoglou's team dominated the Mariners in the first half and passed up a host of goal-scoring opportunities - including a penalty attempt from Marco Rojas - before Marcos Flores gave Victory a 1-0 lead just before half-time.

Central Coast salvaged a point in the second half thanks to Daniel McBreen's spot kick and third-placed Melbourne cannot afford to throw away wins like that as they strive to keep pressure on the teams above them.

The visitors have included Matthew Foschini, Theo Markelis, Jimmy Jeggo and Luke O'Dea in an extended squad for their trip, with in-form Billy Celeski missing through suspension and Nick Ansell out through injury.  Jonathan Bru, Jeggo and Leigh Broxham are among the favourites to replace Celeski, while the latter or Mark Milligan could also be drafted into defence.

The score line in Perth Glory's 3-2 loss away to Adelaide United may have flattered Ian Ferguson's men, as they scored twice in the final few minutes.

But having had a makeshift defence in Adelaide, coach Ian Ferguson will have Josh Risdon back for Victory's visit, though Michael Thwaite continues to miss through injury.

Perth's nib Stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for Melbourne Victory throughout the history of the A-League.

In 11 trips to Western Australia, Victory have only managed two wins and one draw.

Can Postecoglou find the antidote to Victory's dismal record in Perth?

After last week's disappointing draw against Central Coast, Postecoglou will be keen for his team to capitalise on all opportunities and claim maximum points to try and overhaul Adelaide United and the Mariners before the finals.

Saturday's game will be a big test of whether Victory can become clinical enough to win silverware this season.

But Perth's main man up front, Shane Smeltz, has scored three goals in Glory's past two matches, which will ensure a tough night at the office for Victory's captain Adrian Leijer and his defensive unit.

And with the Glory knowing every home game - and point - is crucial in the race for a finals spot, Victory should expect another testing trip west.

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1Danny VukovicGoalkeeper
-Bas Van den BrinkDefender
4Steve PantelidisDefender
16Dean HeffernanDefender
19Joshua RisdonDefender
14Scott JamiesonDefender
7Jacob BurnsMidfielder
33Liam MillerMidfielder
14Steven McGarryMidfielder
9Shane SmeltzStriker
13Travis DoddMidfielder
-Lewis ItalianoGoalkeeper
22Nick WardMidfielder
9Ryo NagaiStriker
-Chris HaroldStriker
-Nathan CoeGoalkeeper
22Adama TraoréStriker
5Spase DilevskiDefender
23Adrian LeijerDefender
-Mark Daniel MilliganDefender
6Leigh BroxhamMidfielder
10Marcos FloresMidfielder
21Marco RojasMidfielder
17James JeggoMidfielder
2AlexDefender
10Archie ThompsonStriker
18Tando VelaphiGoalkeeper
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