Round 24 Match Preview- Brisbane Roar v Melbourne VictoryPosted: March 28, 2017
It’s been a busy week off the field for Brisbane Roar who have been in constant discussion with the FFA over the course of the week as the fallout over the 2-1 loss against Adelaide played out.
The net affect of the stoppage time drama in Adelaide is that goalkeeper Michael Theo will be suspended for two matches for his elbow on Adelaide defender Dylan McGowan.
In addition to that Ross Aloisi has been slapped with a four game ban for an incident in the tunnel post game, while Craig Moore received a one game ban for comments he made to referee Stephen Lucas.
All of that however is now in the past and the focus turns to tonight’s home game against Melbourne Victory in what is a most win game after last nights Wanderers win over Melbourne City.
That result gives Brisbane the chance to finish the round in 3rd place, however anything less than a win will leave them just one game ahead of sixth placed Western Sydney.
What have they done lately?
Melbourne Victory have been flying somewhat under the radar as Sydney FC run away with the Premiers Plate, however it’s the Victory who will join them in getting a free pass into week 2 of the finals.
With just one loss in the last six weeks, the Victory are hitting form at the right time of the season, that one loss however against Sydney FC in round 22 eliminated them from the Premiership race.
Despite that, it’s in attack where Melbourne are at their strongest, with a league high 48 goals scored this season. Due to the international break however, they will be without the scorers of 37 of those goals tonight with Jai Ingham, James Troisi, Marco Rojas and Besart Berisha unavailable.
This season against Melbourne Victory
Round 1- Brisbane Roar 1-1 Melbourne Victory
Round 15- Melbourne Victory 2-3 Brisbane Roar
While Brisbane Roar will be without the suspended Theo and club captain Matt McKay due to a knee injury, John Aloisi does at least welcome back both Thomas Broich and Luke DeVere to the selection.
It’s likely that if Broich is fit he will replace the ineffective Arana on the left hand side, however the defensive situation is more complex. Prior to his injury Luke DeVere was forming a solid partnership with Jade North, however with recent addition Avram Papadopoulos playing well at the heart of defence John Aloisi has a real selection dilemma on his hands.
At a guess, id say that given his injury history Aloisi will play it safe with DeVere and give him another week off, with Kye Rowles acting as defensive cover on the bench.
Brisbane Roar- Young, Hingert, North, Papadopoulos, Brown, Kristensen, Caletti, Holman, Borrello, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutes- Bilic, Rowles, Pepper, Arana, D’Agostino.
Omitted– DeVere, Brady.
Melbourne Victory have been hit hard by the current international break with their entire front four away with their respective national sides. With Berisha, Ingham, Rojas and Troisi all unavailable, Kevin Muscat is set to turn to youth in his last ditch attempt to salvage Victory’s Premiership aspirations. Back-up striker George Howard is set for a rare start, as are out of favour wingers Mitch Austin and Fahid Ben Khalfallah.
Youngsters Pierce Waring and Christopher Theoharous are likely to make their A-League debuts off the bench after impressing in the youth side over recent weeks. Midfield duo Josh Hope and Cameron McGlip are also outside chances of playing.
Melbourne Victory– Thomas, Geria, Baro, Donachie, Georgievski, Broxham, Valeri, Mahazi, Austin, Ben Khalfallah, Howard.
Substitutes- Acton, Ansell, Theoharous, Nigro, Waring.
Omitted- Hope, McGlip.
All-Time Record against Melbourne Victory