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ALM Match Day Guide: Western United vs Melbourne Victory

Western United A-League Men

Western United will meet Melbourne Victory on Boxing Day in Round 9 of the 2022/23 Isuzu UTE A-League Men season, with this clash set to be another memorable one in the catalogue of this great rivalry.

Match Details

Western United vs Melbourne Victory

Monday, 26 December

Kick-off: 6:00pm

Gates open: 5:00pm

AAMI Park, Melbourne.

Broadcast: The match will be broadcast live on Paramount+

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Social media: Follow Western United on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation by using the hashtags #WUNvsMVC

Membership

*Only Western United members or United fans that had purchased a ticket prior to 11am on Friday December 23 will be permitted into the match.

                                                                                                                                                                            

Western United and Melbourne Victory face off again

The clash is sure to be another thrilling instalment of this entertaining rivalry as Western United and Melbourne Victory go face to face again.

The previous 11 matches have had goals, drama, controversy and plenty of passion on and off the pitch. United narrowly holds the better of the head-to-head record with five wins to Victory’s four, while the sides have also drawn twice. The Green and Black also defeated Victory in the Australia Cup in August.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Fan sanctions in place for Boxing Day match

After the events of last week’s Melbourne Derby, sanctions will be in place surrounding the eligibility of patrons obtaining admission into AAMI Park.

As a result of sanctions handed down by Football Australia, only Western United members or United fans that purchased a ticket prior to 11am on Friday December 23 will be permitted into the venue.

Western United will make the event a safe, family-friendly and enjoyable one for all, with all focus turning to the players on the pitch creating an exciting football spectacle.

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Josh Risdon back in the squad

John Aloisi will welcome Josh Risdon back into the side for this game with the right-back completing his one-match suspension.

Risdon is the only change to United’s extended 20-man squad, with Leo Lacroix still suspended and Steven Lustica the only injury absentee at present.

Neil Kilkenny is edging closer to 150 Isuzu UTE A-League appearances, while the likes of Aleksandar Prijovic, Tongo Doumbia and Tomoki Imai will look to keep building minutes in their respective returns to the pitch of late.

Full Western United squad

Active Support

The Western Service Crew will be back to show their support for the team, taking up a spot back behind the goals at AAMI Park.

Get yourself behind the goal, bring all your mates and sing your hearts out all night to push the players on the pitch for the whole 90 minutes. Join the Crew and let your voice be heard on match day.

Tickets

Tickets to the match were paused as off 11am on Friday 23 December, due to the sanctions on Melbourne Victory fan attendance.

As such, there will be no ticket sales at the gate on matchday, and only Western United members and fans that purchased a ticket prior to the above time will be permitted entry.

All eligible ticketholders are encouraged to arrive at the match early for ease of admission through security checks. Patrons can only enter through the gate stated on their ticket.

Member redemption

As mentioned, Western United memberships are especially important this weekend for all Green and Black fans to gain entry into AAMI Park.

All members are advised that membership cards do not give access to the venue. All members must redeem their tickets prior to the match in order to be admitted into the venue.

Memberships are the best way to support the Club and come together as a Western United family. Become a member and join the Champions today.

Members unsure how to redeem their tickets can watch the tutorial video here.

Paramount+

The match will be broadcast live and exclusive on Paramount+, the home of Australian football.

Members who renew or purchase into a full-season or seven-game* membership in the 2021/22 season will have a 12-month subscription to Paramount + included as a member benefit.

This represents an additional $89.99 in value provided at no extra cost.

Sign up here.

*Paramount+ subscription only available for Adult and Family seven-game memberships.

Merchandise

All the latest Western United gear will be available at the merchandise outlet located inside Gate 2.

The brand-new 2022/23 Kappa home and alternate kits will be on sale, as well as limited stock of both goalkeeper kits, including the fan favourite mint-coloured strip.

Members are encouraged to bring their merchandise vouchers and to stock up on Green and Black supporter wear to paint the stands in United colours to spur the team on.

Parking

There will be access to parking near AAMI Park and surrounding areas in Richmond and Southbank, but spots will be limited.

Fans can pre-book a spot in the Eastern Plaza (Entrance D) carpark across from AAMI Park at a discounted price.

Click here for more parking options near the venue.

Public Transport

AAMI Park is easily accessible by public transport with the neighbouring Richmond Station, and Flinders Street Station also just a short walk away.

Road works are creating major delays on the Westgate Bridge this week, so public transport could be the best option to get to the game.

Public transport services are available for fans travelling from both metro and regional Victoria.

Plan your journey from Metro Melbourne here.

If you’re coming from Regional Victoria, plan your journey here.

Bag Restrictions

Any item or bag that is too large to fit under a seat must not be brought into the stadium and a limit of one bag per person applies.

Pass-Outs

Pass-outs are not available at AAMI Park. Patrons will not be permitted re-entry to the venue if they leave before the end of the match.