MELBOURNE Victory are pinning their Asian Champions League hopes on a bold, attacking strategy against Kawasaki Frontale in Tuesday night’s pivotal clash.
Coach Kevin Muscat forecast a high-scoring affair at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, with both sides needing a win to boost their chances of progressing past the group stage.
The Victory are third in Group F with two points after last week’s dramatic last-gasp draw against Kawasaki in Japan, while the reigning J-League champions are fourth with just one point from three games.
Chinese giants Shanghai SIPG top the group with seven points and Korean side Ulsan Hyundai are second with five points, with the top two teams advancing to the round of 16, Muscat is counting on a significant home ground advantage to help boost Victory’s chances.
An injury-time penalty from Leroy George helped Victory grab a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night at the Todoroki Athletics Stadium.
With three rounds left in the group stage it could prove a crucial point for Muscat’s men.
The Victory will also be hoping a gruelling travel schedule has taken a toll on Kawasaki’s players.
Muscat’s team hasn’t played since Wednesday’s encounter, but Kawasaki were involved in J-League action on Saturday before travelling to Melbourne on Sunday.
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