The Roar are undefeated at Suncorp Stadium this season whilst the Heart have failed to gain more than a point on the road which gives an edge to the home side.
However, John van ‘t Schip has his Melbourne team playing with much more confidence and they pose a major attacking threat against a Roar side whose defence now looks penetrable.
Veteran striker John Aloisi’s first start for his new club yielded a goal against the Wellington Phoenix last week and he is sure to only improve as he gets used to his new teammates who are beginning to gel well as a unit.
This trip is not the easiest one in the A-League though and they will need a huge effort to defeat Ange Postecoglou’s quick-passing outfit.
Verdict: 1-1 draw
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Brisbane Roar squad: 1.Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2.Matt SMITH, 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Shane STEFANUTTO, 6.Erik PAARTALU, 7.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 8.Massimo MURDOCCA, 9.Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 11.REINALDO, 12.Matt MUNDY, 14.Rocky VICSCONTE, 15.Matt McKAY (c), 17.Mitch NICHOLS, 21.James MEYER, 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Milan SUSAK, 30.Matt ACTON (gk) *two to be omitted*
In: Luke DEVERE (returns from international duty), Mitch NICHOLS (returns from international duty)
Unavailable: 5. Ivan FRANJIC (quad strain – 1 weeks), 10. HENRIQUE (broken arm – indefinite)
Melbourne Heart FC squad: 1.Clint BOLTON (gk), 2.Michael MARRONE, 4.Simon COLOSIMO (c), 6.Matt THOMPSON, 7.Rutger WORM, 9.Gerald SIBON, 10.Wayne SRHOJ, 11.ALEX TERRA, 12.Peter ZOIS (gk), 14.Kamal IBRAHIM,15.John ALOISI, 18.Ante TOMIC, 20.Josip SKOKO, 21.Kliment TASESKI, 22.Nick KALMAR, 23.Dean HEFFERNAN, 24.Aziz BEHICH, 25.Adrian ZAHRA *Three to be omitted*
In: Ante TOMIC (promoted), Kamal IBRAHIM (promoted), Kliment TASESKI (promoted), Aziz BEHICH (promoted), Adrian ZAHRA (promoted)
Out: Brendan HAMILL (international duty), Eli BABALJ (international duty)
Unavailable: Kristian SARKIES (leg – indefinite), Michael BEAUCHAMP (suspension – 1 week), Jason HOFFMAN (international duty)