The reigning champions will almost certainly welcome back star striker Archie Thompson into the starting eleven whilst it looks like veteran midfielder Tom Pondeljak will be available after a hamstring scare.
In the Sydney camp, veteran striker John Aloisi will miss and is expected to be replaced by teenager Chris Payne whilst right-back Shannon Cole has almost fully recovered from his hamstring and is every chance to retain his position that has been filled by Seb Ryall in the past two matches.
Apart from that, the line-ups seem fairly balanced and I have tried to forecast how they will look come game time.
Melbourne Victory Mitch Langerak (gk) Kevin Muscat (sweeper) Tom Pondeljak (right winger) Adrian Leijer (centre back) Rodrigo Vargas (centre back) Surat Sukha (left winger) Leigh Broxham (right midfield) Carlos Hernandez (central midfield) Nicky Ward (left midfield) Robbie Kruse (striker) Archie Thompson (striker)
Subs: Glen Moss (gk), Matthew Foschini, Marvin Angulo, Grant Brebner, Evan Berger
Sydney GCClint Bolton (gk) Shannon Cole (right back) Stephan Keller (centre back) Simon Colosimo (centre back) Sung Hwan-Byun (left back) Stuart Musialik (holding midfielder) Karol Kisel (right midfield) Terry McFlynn (left midfield) Mark Bridge (attacking midfield) Chris Payne (striker) Alex Brosque (striker)