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Brisbane's van Dijk dreams of derby delight

Sergio van Dijk wants to play Santa Claus the day after Christmas by giving Brisbane Roar fans the ultimate gift of a first derby win and three precious points against Gold Coast United at Skilled Park on Saturday.

In the true spirit of the festive season, Brisbane's top-scorer said his team would have to "give everything" if they were to return up the M1 motorway with all three points in tow.

After defeats in the first two encounters against Gold Coast in the Hyundai A-League, van Dijk said the players were extra-motivated to make Christmas pudding of their rivals, which would taste even sweeter in United's back yard.

"You don't want to get beaten three times in a row so we have to give everything to make sure we win this game," the Dutch striker said.

"The first time over there and on their home turf is extra special, but the most important thing for me is to win the game and get higher up the ladder."

A 1-0 loss in the last meeting between the clubs was hardly surprising with the Roar enduring a particularly difficult period, missing a number of key players and then-coach Frank Farina.

But van Dijk said two wins on the trot and players returning from injury were signs the club had since turned the corner and the players were ready to push hard to cement their place in the top six.

"The whole team is now buzzing and especially when you have the luck on your side - finally - like last week with the winning goal in the last minute (against the Central Coast Mariners), you feel much better," he said.

"But we still have a long way to go and these last couple of games are really important. I hope we can win every game."

The in-form hit-man said although points were the priority, there was no doubt among the players that pride was also at stake.

"You can already sense the rivalry in the dressing room with the players over there but also the supporters feel the rivalry as well," he said.

"This is the first season there is a derby but as soon as there is a little bit more history between the games with us and the Gold Coast I think it'll get bigger and bigger.

"It's really important to win the game because it's a derby and they've already won two games but also to continue the good run we're in now."

Saturday's derby match between Gold Coast United and Brisbane Roar kicks off at 5pm at Robina's Skilled Park and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2.

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