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Australian Football: Aloisi backs Western to go through

Western United coach John Aloisi is backing his side to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Melbourne Victory and book a spot in their first ever A-League grand final.

Western are priced at 14/1 to win the grand final but first they have to get past a Victory side who are on home soil and in good form going into the semi-final second leg.

Ready to fight

Aloisi accepts it is a tough challenge and is also ready for a night of drama at AAMI Park. But he believes his side are in with a fighting chance and they are ready to give it their all.

And despite Victory holding a 1-0 advantage he is not expecting them to sit back and defend.

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"I don't think it will be cagey. I expect Victory to come really hard at us,” Aloisi said. "I expect Victory to try and win the game in the first 20 (minutes) and we'll go hard at Victory, don't worry about that. If we're 1-0 down after 20 minutes, the game's not over.

"Football is a great game. Football's got many twists and turns and being involved in a few, I'm ready for this one."

Victory taking nothing for granted

Meanwhile Victory boss Tony Popovic also knows the tie is far from over and is expecting Western United to come out with all guns blazing.

"Western United deserves to be at this point, like we do, they're fighting hard to make the final as we are and we expect another big fight on Saturday,” Popovic said. "We're confident in our ability, we're confident that through the different moments throughout the game that we can come out on top."

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