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Melbourne Victory welcome Perth Glory to AAMI Park on Friday evening in Round 8 of the 2019-20 A-League season. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:30pm (AEDT).
Round 8 begins with a clash between two of this season’s biggest under-performers.
Both Glory and Victory finished in the top three last season but slow starts to the 2019/20 campaign have left them in seventh and tenth place respectively.
Victory boss Marco Kurz revealed that open discussions between himself and his players were held during the week in an attempt to curb their miserable run of form.
“I spoke with the whole group and had a chat with a lot of players,” he said.
“I think we were on the same page that we have to show from the first minute another attitude.
“The way we discussed was really good, it was always respectful but very clear.
“We will show we are better.”
Performances have been nowhere near the standard expected of Victory this season, particularly at home where they are yet to win in four attempts.
Victory’s opponents have also found the going tough, with a pivotal run of games coming up.
Perth boss Tony Popovic fielded familiar questions in his pre-match media briefings following his side’s 1-3 loss to Sydney FC last weekend.
“We know we’re close,” he said.
“We, by our points compared to last year seem like we’re underachieving, and that’s an expectation we ask for.
“We’ve got to take the performance [against Sydney] which we know was good, into the Victory game which is another challenge against another big club.
“You’ve got to relish these games in a great stadium against a great opponent, take our best game there and go with the confidence to get the result.”
It is still early in the season but there is no doubting the importance of this game as both clubs search for an elusive three points to kick-start their seasons.
Leigh Broxham is set to pull on the Melbourne Victory jersey for the 300th time in the A-League – the first player to reach the milestone for a single club.
Andrew Nabbout played 90 minutes against Adelaide after recovering from injury and Robbie Kruse is in contention for a starting place after featuring from the bench last week.
Perth Glory defender Alex Grant is available to return after serving a one-match ban, but Osama Malik misses a third straight week with a hamstring problem.
There is pressure on both sides to get a result, which may lead to a tight, low-scoring game.
Last weekend’s 3-1 loss to Adelaide United was Victory’s third defeat in four matches.
Marco Kurz badly needs a win but might settle for a point against a Glory side with a good recent record away from home.
Melbourne Victory 1 – 1 Perth Glory
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When: Friday, November 29, 2019
Kick-off: 7:30pm AEDT
Where: AAMI Park
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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