Match Preview: Wanderers v Victory

Melbourne Victory are on the road to face Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday for an A-League Men clash at CommBank Stadium.

Western Sydney Wanderers sit in fourth place on 35 points through 23 matches. Wanderers played out a 2-2 draw in their last A-League Men match at Campbelltown Stadium against Macarthur.

Melbourne Victory’s last league match resulted in a 0-0 draw against Perth Glory at AAMI Park, leaving them in 12th place on 25 points.

When the two sides last met in A-League Men action, Wanderers triumphed 1-0 at AAMI Park in October. Tomislav Mrcela scored the only goal for the Wanderers in the 41st minute.

Wanderers have got the better of Melbourne Victory of late, unbeaten in their last three A-League Men matches (W2 D1 L0). Mel Victory are looking for their first league win in games between the two sides since April 2021. The Wanderers have outscored Victory 4-1 during their unbeaten streak.

Brandon Borrello has been irreplaceable for Wanderers this season. He leads the club with 10 goals, which is the fifth highest in the league in 2022/2023, four of those having been the critical first of the match.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 15: Brandon Borrello of the Wanderers and Enrique Lopez of the Victory contest the ball during the round two A-League Men’s match between Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park, on October 15, 2022, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Bruno Fornaroli has been the leading attacking threat for Mel Victory, scoring on seven occasions, including two match-opening goals.

At CommBank Stadium this season, Wanderers have six wins, two draws, and three losses in 11 A-League Men contests. Melbourne Victory have played on their travels 12 times in the league this season, earning 11 points from 36 available (W3 D2 L7).

In their last six league matches, Wanderers have won three, drawn one and lost two. Melbourne Victory, meanwhile, have won two, drawn one and lost three in their last six.