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The matches from the A-League keep coming thick and fast. Melbourne Victory host Brisbane Roar at Bankwest Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores from 7:30pm (AEST).
Tenth plays fourth in this one. The respective sides are both coming off losses in their last outings and will be looking to make amends.
Grant Brebner has really been thrown in the deep end at Victory. He is the third manager to take charge of the struggling squad this season after the departures of Marco Kurz and Carlos Salvachua. He’s facing an uphill battle to get his players up for the remainder of this season, with finals football all but out of reach.
Brebner would have hoped for a better start to his tenure against Western United. That match made it clear just how much he will miss Swedish striker Ola Toivonen’s contributions. The squad has been significantly affected by a large injury toll as well.
Following the loss to Western United, there’s not too much left to play for from Victory’s perspective this season, but their fans will still expect them to put in a respectable showing against Brisbane. Victory’s lack of rest – they’ve had ust three days off since their last hit-out – will count against them too. It’s hard to see them getting anything out of this game. It’s certainly been a season to forget for Victory and they are probably just waiting for the season to come to a close at this stage.
Brisbane lost manager Robbie Fowler during the COVID break and went down 1-0 to Adelaide in their only match since the resumption. The new man in charge, Warren Moon, will have had time to stamp a bit of his own authority on the squad considering his squad have enjoyed a ten-day break. Roar are comfortably inside the top six but with a few losses and other results not going their way, they could start to sweat on their place. Expect them to come out fresh and ready for this game.
Victory’s lack of rest, disjointed squad and lack of anything meaningful to play for will all count against them here. Brisbane to win 2-1.
Kick-off: 7:30pm (AEST)
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
TV: Fox Sports
Stream: Kayo Sports, My Football Live
Odds: Melbourne Victory $3.50, draw $3.40, Brisbane Roar $2.20
Overall: Melbourne Victory 24, Brisbane Roar 15, nine draws
1. Matt Acton (gk), 2. Storm Roux, 4. James Donachie, 6. Leigh Broxham (c), 7. Kenny Athiu, 9. Andrew Nabbout, 13. Birkan Kirdar, 15. Giancarlo Gallifuoco, 16. Josh Hope, 17. Elvis Kamsoba, 18. Migjen Basha, 21. Adama Traore, 23. Marco Rojas, 24. Anthony Lesiotis, 25. Brandon Lauton, 26. Jay Barnett, 30. Matthew Sutton (gk), 31. Aaron Anderson, 32. So Nishikawa, 43. Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio
1. Max Crocombe (gk), 2. Scott Neville, 3. Corey Brown, 4. Daniel Bowles, 5. Tom Aldred (c), 6. Macaulay Gillesphey, 7. Jai Ingham, 8. Danny Kim, 10. Bradden Inman, 12. Matthew Ridenton, 14. George Mells, 19. Jack Hingert, 20. Aaron Amadi-Holloway, 21. Jamie Young, 23. Dylan Wenzel-Halls, 26. Jay O’Shea, 27. Kai Trewin, 29. Jordan Courtney-Perkins, 30. Mirza Muratovic, 77. Scott McDonald