MLV vs ADL Match Preview: Melbourne Victory will be under a tremendous amount of pressure once they take on Adelaide United as a defeat for the hosts could tarnish Melbourne’s dreams of making it to the finals this year. Melbourne Victory is currently 9th in the league with 17 points with four wins, five draws and nine defeats this season. As for Adelaide United, they will be eager to bounce back with a win after being on the receiving end of a 5-2 defeat to Western Sydney Wanderers.
From the last five games for Adelaide United, three games have been won, while two games have ended through defeats. A win will also be vital for United as they’re just three points behind Perth Glory, Melbourne City FC and Wellington Phoenix who have 30 points each.
Date- Saturday, February 29
Kick-Off- 2:00 PM (IST)
Venue- Marvel Stadium
Matt Action’s shoulder issue, Storm Roux’s calf, Robbie Kruse’s hamstring issue and Jay Barnett’s injury to the leg keeps them on the sidelines for the upcoming fixture.
Ben Halloran, Ryan Strain, Stefan Mauk, Nathan Konstandopoulos, Paciqfique Niyongabire and Al Hassan Toure are ruled out as a result of injuries, whereas, Lachlan Brook is on international duty for the time being. However, James Troisi, Yared Abetew and Noah Smith could all get to start for their side.
MVL (Expected Playing 11)- L Thomas; G Gallifuoco, J Donachie, T Hoogland; A Nabbout, M Basha, J Poulsen, A Traore; E Kamsoba, O Toivonen, M Rojas
ADL (Expected Playing 11)- P Izzo; M Marrone, J Elsey, M Jakobsen, M Maria; L D’Arrigo; B Halloran, G Blackwood, R McGree, N Mileusninc; K Opseth
Riley McGree has nine goals from 15 games this season for Adelaide United.
Ola Toivonen has been one of the standouts on the attack for Melbourne Victory. Toinoven has 10 goals from 15 games this season.
Ben Halloran has seven goals from 16 appearances for Adelaide United and will be a threat while going forward.
Nikola Mileusnic has five goals form 18 appearances for Adelaide United while playing in the advanced role.
Adelaide United might just be able to nick the win versus Melbourne Victory.
Defenders: Jakobsen, Elsey, Traore, Hoogland
Midfielders: McGree (VC), Kamsoba, Rojas, Basha
Forwards: Opseth, Toivonen (C)