Victory looking to reward members against bitter rivals

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Melbourne Victory can upset Adelaide United’s chances at finals football on Sunday, although it is unlikely.

Victory will host United at AAMI Park for the Member Recognition match.

Despite suffering back-to-back-to-back losses against Macarthur FC and Perth Glory, Victory looked worthy of picking up points in those games.

This original rivalry encounter presents a perfect opportunity to extent Adelaide’s own run to just one win in seven matches.

With two goals in three games, Elvis Kamsoba is in career-best form, while Rudy Gestede is also seemingly finding his feet.

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After putting five goals past Western Sydney Wanderers less than a month ago, Victory are capable of finding the back of the net.

Meanwhile, United have conceded 34 goals this season to claim the most of any team occupying a finals spot.

While scoring may not be a worry, keeping Ben Halloran, Craig Goodwin and the rest of the Reds at bay will be.

Victory head into this match with 55 goals conceded in 22 matches and seven in the last three.

There is hope though, as the hosts will be boosted by the return of much-needed Adama Traore from suspension.

Despite missing six matches, he is expected to feature from the opening minutes. As such, it will ensure Jay Barnett will no longer be needed at left back where he looked shaky.

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Defender Nick Ansell will also be available for selection after his two-match suspension was overturned.

With the exception of Ryan Shotton, Marco Rojas and Callum McManaman, we could see Victory’s strongest team in months.

A win could allow the hosts to open up a four-point gap to the bottom-placed Newcastle Jets.

More importantly though, they can put Adelaide’s finals spot in jeopardy. While it would not be a major achievement by any means, it would provide Victory members with a rare reason to smile this season.

Feature Image Credit: Anita Milas

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