Western United return to Victoria to face Melbourne Victory in the final edition of the Battle of the Bridge on Friday night.
Friday, 28 May
Kick-off: 7:05pm AEST
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Broadcast: The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 505, Kayo and the MyFootball Live app.
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Western United: LLLLL
Melbourne Victory: LLLLL
Both sides come into this game having lost their last five games, with Western United winless in six games while Melbourne Victory has not picked up a win in the last seven matches.
United has failed to score in the last four matches leaving the side eight points adrift of the finals places with three games to go.
Victory is currently looking to pull away from Newcastle Jets at the bottom of the table, sitting just one point above them in 11th place, but Newcastle do have a game in hand.
Steve Kean’s side has also struggled in front of goal recently, scoring just four times in seven games since netting five in one match against Western Sydney Wanderers.
If past clashes between the two sides are anything to go by, particularly in this season, then this match is set up to be a cracker.
United has never lost against Victory, winning four of the five clashes with a 0-0 draw earlier in this campaign.
Western United has gone behind against Victory in three of the four previous wins, including an early 2-0 deficit in the first ever meeting that was overturned into a 3-2 win.
The pick of the bunch, though, was of course the last meeting, with five second-half goals placing United on the right side of a seven-goal thriller courtesy of Victor Sanchez’s last-gasp winner.
Stats of the Week
- Western United is undefeated in five games against Melbourne Victory.
- No team has scored more goals within the opening 15 minutes of games this A-League season.
- Alessandro Diamanti has made a league-high eight assists this season.