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Victory stick with A-League winning ways

AAP logoAAP 5/01/2017 Ben McKay

Mitch Austin is fit again, Daniel Georgievski is hungry to play, Max Beister wants more minutes and Nick Ansell is too good to be on the bench.

But Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat is likely to keep them out of his A-League team, preferring to stick to a winning formula against Adelaide United.

Muscat takes his Victory side to Adelaide for Saturday night's match at Cooper's Stadium on a four-game winning streak.

And not a five-day break, a forecast 41-degree day or the potential for frustrated players on the sidelines could force Muscat to change his line-up.

"There's a possibility, a good possibility we'll reward players," he said on Friday.

"They're feeling good about themselves physically and in terms of performance. We haven't made a final decision but they've put themselves in the position to be selected."

Given Victory's swashbuckling showings - eight goals across two wins in the Christmas period, a derby win and a 3-0 defeat of Western Sydney - you can understand why Muscat is keeping faith.

It's Beister that many Victory fans are eager to see given just his second start since moving to the club from German side Mainz.

The former German international has impressed in one start and six cameos from the bench, suggesting more to come should he force his way into the side.

But Muscat poured cold water on the idea he would be coming into the side

"I'm not going to sacrifice the group to get minutes into an individual to get him up to speed," he said.

"You've got to be performing better than someone else.

"He's probably just got to the point now where he probably needs a bit of a breather ... he could ease off a bit in training to maximise where he'll be in four weeks or five weeks."

Victory's good form and solid management of players could preclude any major transfer action.

Already full to the brim with its salary allowance, Victory fits in stars James Troisi and Marco Rojas under the cap given marquee spots are filled by Besart Berisha and Oliver Bozanic.

Muscat said he was always on the lookout for opportunities but suggested he was content to stay out this month.

"You're always aware of the group and what we need," he said.

"It doesn't get to January for me to be active. I'm always active.

"Albeit now it's silly season and you get people wanting to make a few dollars throwing players around left, right and centre.

"We're pretty settled at the moment and I'm very happy with the squad."

STATS THAT MATTER * Marco Rojas' 93rd minute winner in round three against the Reds gave Melbourne Victory their first win of the season in an underwhelming display at Cooper's Stadium.

* Key for Victory could be getting past Ben Garuccio. The former Melbourne City man is the league's intercept king with 58, which is 20 more than Victory's best intercepter Alan Baro.

* Adelaide are scoreless in two games - never before have they gone three games without a goal.

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