Heart turns fortunes around
By Robert Bremner
With Heart finding late season form and Victory eyeing off a top four finish, supporters of both clubs will have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.
After going 14 rounds without a victory, Melbourne Heart has started to show some positives towards the end of the 2013/2014 season.
The club was recently taken over by European giant Manchester City for a hefty price of $11.25 million and gives the new owners an 80 per cent share in the club. The takeover has already done wonders for the struggling club with Melbourne Heart winning five of their last six games including a 5-0 drubbing of Wellington Phoenix.
The best moment of this late season revival was Heart’s shock upset of top-placed Brisbane Roar, whilst still planted at the bottom of the table. With seven rounds remaining in the season, a team which not long ago was playing for pride for the rest of this season may have the opportunity to dream bigger – a place in the finals.
With the top six progressing to the finals series, Heart sits only two wins out of sixth spot which is currently held by the struggling Central Coast Mariners.
Meanwhile, Melbourne Victory sits comfortably in third spot with eight wins. They have had their share of wins against the top sides with two wins and two losses against the top two sides, which puts them in a good position for the finals series, knowing they can match it with the best.
Victory has managed to also grab itself a place in the Asian Champions League which is going to add plenty of stress to the club with the frequent travelling back and forth for matches towards the end of the season.
It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Victory, the club was handed back-to-back 5-0 defeats at the hands of Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC to leave the club and its coach with plenty of questions to answer.
Since then Victory has got its game back on track with consecutive wins against Central Coast and Adelaide United.
With every team still a possibility of finishing in the top six, it sets up for one of the finishes to the league season in recent years.