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Victory strikers return for Roar blockbuster

Tomorrow night's Queensland Roar versus Melbourne Victory clash promises to be something special. Roar coach Frank Farina believes that the Victory will be out take all three points after giving them up in Round 6 when the teams last met.

"They like to play," Farina told a press conference this morning. "They've got some creative players in there as well so I'm expecting an absolute belter of a game.

"Melbourne are sitting top of the league and we're two points off them. It's a big game, it's important so hopefully we can win.

"It's still a long race and as we've seen with the results that are happening each week it's going to be very tight," he added.

"If you're going to make the finals, if you're going to be successful you've got to beat these teams.

"Fortunately we beat them in Melbourne but Archie Thompson comes back this week as well and they'll be difficult."

The return of suspended Thompson and fellow striker Ney Fabiano from suspension is a major boost for the side who overcame adversity to defeat Adelaide United last week and regain top spot on the table.

Victory assistant coach Aaron Healey was confident the team could do the job in Brisbane.

"It's a nice situation to be in when you've got Ney Fabiano and Archie Thompson coming back into your squad. The players that played against Adelaide were just outstanding, there was great character displayed to come back from 2-1 down," he said.

"Taking nothing away from those guys, but the hard decisions have to be made. The starting 11 that go out there at Suncorp Stadium will do a great job for us."

As the two Victory strikers come back in, attacking left back Evan Berger will miss with a hamstring injury whilst for the Roar, Chris Grossman (who scored in the youth side last week) and Ben Griffin come into a squad to be revised.

Andrew Slevison
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