Victory out to break ACL away drought

Melbourne Victory have not won away from home in their entire history in the Asian Champions League, and will be looking to change that againt Gamba Osaka on Wednesday night.

In 12 previous trips in the ACL, Victory has claimed four draws and been defeated eight times.

But with Gamba having failed to win in its first three competitive games of 2016, Victory could hardly be in a better position to end its continental drought. 

While Victory coach Kevin Muscat insisted he's not going "to bother too much" about Gamba's results, he made it clear his team believes it can win. 

"We can shape history here; the mentality's been that," Muscat told reporters from Osaka on Tuesday.

"Looking back, it's documented, the results and how hard it is to travel, but we'll focus on what's going to give us the best chance of winning the game, rather than focusing on the best chance of them not winning it."

Victory has faced Gamba four times previously in the ACL and never won, with its best result a draw in May 2011 – Muscat's last professional match.

Muscat argued Gamba showed enough to make him wary, while he believes the hosts will be even stronger on Wednesday night.

"I'm not going to bother too much about (Gamba's) actual results," Muscat said.

"What I've seen, they're a very good team. Very technically balanced and gifted, and very disciplined within their structure."

Muscat expects the likes of attacking midfielders Takashi Usami and Hiroyuki Abe, plus striker Patric to return to the starting XI versus Victory.