MELBOURNE V ICTORY
Unlike their noisy City neighbours, the last few seasons have been lean for Melbourne Victory, pulling in at seventh last season, with a single point separating them from bottom spot. Last season’s impressive defensive statistics, comparable with any side in the top four, will be the target again, with Victory retaining their goalkeeper Casey Dumont as well as experienced centreback Laura Alleway.
Looking to build from last season, Victory has sought to provide English forward Natasha Dowie (right) more support with the attacking midfield talents of returning American Christine Nairn, back after a break from the W-League last season, and Grace Maher, who has switched from Canberra United.
The signing of Emily Gielnik provides further support and depth across the forward line. Kyra Cooney-Cross is also at their disposal after she lit up the W-League last season with a stunning strike which went viral on social media.
Provided Victory continues to stay steady at the back, the side will be wanting to gel early so their attack can live up to the benchmark the defence set last season.