Wanderers hoping to relive result against Victory

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic.
Wanderers coach Tony Popovic.

IF ANY team can unlock the secret of beating Melbourne Victory at home, it's Western Sydney.

The heavyweights will clash in a blockbuster at Etihad Stadium tonight, with the Victory putting its unbeaten A-League record at home this season on the line.

The ladder-leading Wanderers, however, have won four of their last six matches on the road, and beat the champions 2-0 the last time the teams met in Sydney.

Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic said he remembered that game well, and would love nothing more than to repeat the dose in Melbourne.

"It was a fantastic night - a great game of football," he told reporters.

"We took our opportunities, but I remember never feeling comfortable for a moment.

"They've got a fantastic home record - that's another challenge for us. Can we be the first team to beat them at home this season?"

Western Sydney is coming off a 4-3 win over third-placed Melbourne City, Popovic saying he was thrilled to get the points but not overjoyed with giving up three goals.

"For 70-75 minutes our defence was excellent as a team," he said.

"So we've got to continue on with that - and try to do it for 95 minutes against another formidable front line."

The Victory attack is headed by Besart Berisha who has scored 13 goals for the season, just one behind leader Bruno Fornaroli. The Albanian has found the net five times in the past four games.

Melbourne will be without club champion Fahid Ben Khalfallah who received a red card in last week's 3-2 loss to Perth Glory.

Defender Leigh Broxham will captain the Victory in his 200th game for the club after regular skipper Carl Valeri announced on Thursday he would miss the rest of the season as he battles an inflammatory condition affecting part of his brain.


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