Excitement building at Western United ahead of Melbourne Victory clash

The excitement is beginning to build at Western United as they prepare for the first A-League match in over four months.

United will meet Melbourne Victory at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney this Saturday - 140 days after their last A-League match.

Speaking at Thursday’s press conference, Western United Head Coach Mark Rudan told reporters how enthusiasm is growing within the playing group and staff towards the match.

“The excitement is starting to generate and all the players are looking forward to it,” Rudan said.

“Everybody involved at the football club can’t wait for Saturday night to begin.”

Saturday night will be the third meeting between United and the Victory.

United were successful in the previous two meetings, winning 3-2 at Marvel Stadium in round 4, and 3-1 at GMHBA Stadium in round 9.

A third win against Victory will move the Green and Black one step closer to qualifying for the A-League finals in their inaugural season, but Rudan expressed the importance focussing on what he, his players and staff can control.

“We know that we are still in control of our destiny.

“If we start looking too much at the table or too much at the ‘what ifs’ then we won’t actually be in the present.

“And that’s what we are about – trying to stay in the present as often as possible.”

Diamanti Berisha
Besart Berisha and Alessandro Diamanti celebrate the 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory in round 9.

Rudan confirmed that all players are available for selection, other than those with long-term injuries.

“All good to go. Apart from our long-term injuries there is nothing to report.”

Western United face Melbourne Victory this Saturday, July 25 at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney.

The game will be broadcast live from 7:35pm AEST on Fox Sports 507, Kayo and the MyFootball Live app.