Tony Popovic's reigning premiers and the powerhouse club will hope for maximum points to reduce Brisbane Roar's lead at the top of the A-League table
When will Gui Finkler return to Victory's starting line-up? The Brazilian got another 30 minutes off the bench in the derby win over Heart, leading on from his goal-scoring cameo against Perth the previous work. The playmaker is certainly back up to the full fitness after tearing his ACL last season, and Muscat has said his challenge is now to force his way past James Troisi and Mitch Nichols, no small task given the consistent performances produced by those two so far this term. A good problem for Muscat and Victory to have.
Tomi Juric is back in business. The promising frontman could be forgiven for looking a little rusty in his first start since recovering from a knee injury, but was instead at his bustling best straight away against Central Coast, scoring a tremendous goal and giving the Mariners' defence problems throughout in Parramatta. The clamour has started again for him to be elevated to the Socceroos, and it will only continue if his performance level remains this high in the coming weeks and months.
Shinji Ono could be a potential game-breaker. The Victory's preferred 4-2-4 formation could force one of Nichols or Troisi to drop deep and interfere with the Japanese international, as holding duo Mark Milligan and Leigh Broxham are likely to have their hands full with the Wanderers' own deeper pair. If Ono is left unattended, he has the potential to draw one of Victory's centre-backs out of position, leaving Juric free to wreak havoc in the box.
We know Muscat's side can score plenty of goals, although they will be facing one of the better defensive teams in the competition this week. Similarly, the navy blue and whites have been vulnerable at the back at times this season, and the visitors will fancy their chances of breaching the home team's defence at AAMI Park. So we're predicting goals in this one, with either side capable of snatching the victory.
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