Can the Victory make it back-to-back premierships?
After consistent performances throughout the season lead the Victory to the premiership, they were unable to defeat Perth Glory in their semi-final missing out on a chance to take home the double.
The Victory hit the ground running at the beginning of last season in a series of close games against former W-league champions Sydney FC, Brisbane Roar and cross-town rivals Melbourne City.
Despite this strong start, the Victory began to waver at the pointy end of the season. They went into their finals campaign coming off a 2-1 loss to the Glory, only to go down to Perth again in their semi-final.
This season, the Victory will look to build on their success and win back to back premierships and try to take out another championship.
The Victory’s squad this season has a host of international stars and homegrown talent. Coming off the back of a successful season, the depth of this squad provides a balance of experience, talent and youth perfect for defending a premiership title.
Eager to prove themselves, the Victory will come out firing as they face Sydney FC in their first game of the season.
Though it will be a tough match, Melbourne’s versatile squad gives them enough power across the park to hold their own against last season’s champions. Win or lose, this first game will give the Victory the fight they need for another successful season.
Along with Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory will be the team to beat this season. They aren’t unbeatable with many of their wins last season being closely contested. Much like their season, the Victory would take the lead early in the game but let it slip in the second half.
The challenge this season will be managing their game play in order to preserve their lead. Whether it be in a more switched on defence or an unrelenting attack, the Victory won’t be allowed to rest on their laurels as the standard of competition increases.