Brisbane went within three points of runaway leaders Adelaide United thanks to a solid 2-0 midweek win over Central Coast Mariners and are looking extremely dangerous, especially at Suncorp Stadium where they have recorded four wins and two draws so far this season.
The form of German midfielder Thomas Broich and skipper Matt McKay has helped guide Ange Postecoglou’s men to an imposing record but they need to become more efficient in front of goal and more so when up against a team of the quality of the Victory.
The two-time champions were back to their best with a faultless 3-0 win over reigning premiers Sydney FC last week and it was their star Carlos Hernandez who did all the damage and he will need to be watched by the Roar.
However, I can’t pick a winner here and will sit on the fence as second versus fifth will end with honours even.
Verdict: 1-1 draw
Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory
Date: Saturday, 23 October 2010
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Local kick-off: 7.45pm (8.45pm AEDT)
Head-to-Head: All matches (played 16): Brisbane Roar wins 4, Melbourne Victory wins 10 (2 draws)
Referee: Peter Green
Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2. Matt SMITH, 3. Luke DEVERE, 4. Shane STEFANUTTO, 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 6. Erik PAARTALU, 7. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 9. Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 11. REINALDO, 12. Matt MUNDY, 14. Rocky VISCONTE, 15. Matt McKAY (c), 17. Mitch NICHOLS, 18. Luke BRATTAN, 20. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 21. James MEYER, 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Milan SUSAK *four to be omitted*
In: Matt MUNDY (promoted), Rocky VISCONTE (promoted), Luke BRATTAN (promoted), James MEYER (promoted)
Unavailable: HENRIQUE (broken arm – indefinite)
Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Michael PETKOVIC (gk), 2. Kevin MUSCAT (c), 3. Mate DUGANDZIC, 4. Petar FRANJIC, 5.Surat SUKHA, 6. Leigh BROXHAM, 8.Grant BREBNER, 9.RICARDINHO, 11.Marvin ANGULO, 12.Rodrigo VARGAS, 13. Diogo FERREIRA, 14. Billy CELESKI, 15.Tom PONDELJAK, 16.Carlos HERNANDEZ, 19. Evan BERGER, 20.Sebastian MATTEI (gk), 21. Robbie KRUSE 23. Adrian LEIJER, 27. Geoff KELLAWAY *four to be omitted*
In: Surat SUKHA (returns from injury), Petar FRANJIC (promoted), Diogo FERREIRA (promoted), Marvin ANGULO (promoted)
Unavailable: Archie THOMPSON (knee – indefinite), Matthew KEMP (knee – indefinite)