墨尔本胜利 Melbourne Victory
- Paddy Power夺冠赔率：4.00
Last Season: 4th
Manager: Kevin Muscat
Preferred formation/s: 4-2-3-1
IN - Fahid Ben Khalfallah (From Troyes), Besart Berisha (From Brisbane Roar), Matthieu Delpierre (From FC Utrecht), Daniel Georgievski (From Steaua Bucharest), Carl Valeri (From Ternana)
OUT - Pablo Contreras (Retired), Jimmy Jeggo (Signed with Adelaide United), Tom Rogic (Loan Expiry), Francesco Stella (Released), Adama Traore (Released), James Troisi (Loan Expiry)
Team summary: In what is widely considered the most demanding managerial job in Australian football, Kevin Muscat will be under no illusions as to what is expected of him this season. After taking over the reins from Ange Postecoglou three games into the 13-14 season, he managed to guide his side to fourth despite their obvious failings in defence. This term, he will be expected to go all the way to the Grand Final. In the off-season, Muscat has gone a long way in addressing his squad's defensive instabilities by drafting in experienced French centre-back, Matthieu Delpierre, as well as Macedonian left-back, Daniel Georgievski - the latter having played Europa League football with Romanian side Steaua Bucharest. Defensive midfielder and Socceroo, Carl Valeri, has also come to the club and he will partner the re-signed Mark Milligan just in front of the back 4. Last but not least, the most potent striker in the land, Besart Berisha, has arrived from Brisbane Roar and will provide a real sharp edge at the pointy end of the pitch.
Conclusion: Muscat's relationship with Besart Berisha will go a long way in deciding Melbourne Victory's fortunes this season as they are both combustible characters. Muscat's man-management skills will be tested to the max in order to keep peace in the Victory camp. Just how will Delpierre and Georgievski fair in the A-League? Early signs in pre-season are not promising - looks like they will need some time to adjust. The latter has especially large boots to fill, deputizing for who was easily the most gifted full-back in the league, Adama Traore.
Predicted finish: 4th