Friday nights A-League match is between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar. The opening kick-off is set to commence at 7.30pm with the game to be played at Etihad Stadium. The home team Melbourne Victory are the favourites in the odds for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar.
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Friday, 21 November 2014
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Kick-Off: 7.30pm (Local) (7.30pm AEDST)
Expect the Roar to dominate possession and seek to play their way through Victory, although Mulvey’s side showed in the win over the Jets they are less averse – perhaps through necessity – to a quick ball over the top or a fast release than they used to be.
The presence of creaky Kew Jaliens at right-back played straight into Brisbane’s hands at Hunter Stadium – don’t expect Scott Galloway to give his opponent anything like as easy a ride.
Victory will seek to keep their shape, shut down the Roar’s passing options, pressure the man on the ball and then spring on the counter-attack. The plan is simple, but effective.
Mark Milligan and Carl Valeri will look to dispossess their direct opponents and feed Guilherme Finkler at No.10 or Archie Thompson, Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Kosta Barbarouses, depending who Muscat chooses out wide.
Both fullbacks will look to overlap and pin back their winger and opposing wide defender, while Berisha (as the stats demonstrate) will seize on any sight of goal.
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Victory are unbeaten in the Hyundai A-League this season, having won two and drawn three of their last five matches, with those draws all coming away from home. Winning at home and getting at least a point on the road has long been considered the gold standard of a championship-challenging side.
Prior to their win over the Jets, Brisbane had lost all of their first four matches of the season, shipping 10 goals in the process.
TIP: Melbourne Victory 2 vs Brisbane Roar 1
1.Nathan COE (GK), 5.Mark MILLIGAN (c) 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Gui FINKLER, 8.Besart BERISHA, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 11.Connor PAIN, 13.Andrew NABBOUT, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (GK), 21.Carl VALERI, 22.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 23.Adrian LEIJER, 24.Scott GALLOWAY, 26.Jordan BROWN
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 5.Mark MILLIGAN (returns from international duty), 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES (returns from international duty), 11.Connor PAIN (returns from international duty), 15.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI (returns from international duty), 24.Scott GALLOWAY (returns from international duty)
Outs: 18.Dylan MURNANE (illness), 31.Kieran DOVER (not selected), 33.Christian CAVALLO (not selected)
Unavailable: 2.Jason GERIA (ankle – test), 17.Matthieu DELPIERRE (hamstring – test)
2.Matt SMITH (c), 3.Shane STEFANUTTO, 5.Corey BROWN, 7.Mensur KURTISHI, 8.Steven LUSTICA, 10.HENRIQUE, 13.Jade NORTH, 14.Daniel BOWLES, 15.James DONACHIE, 17.Matt McKAY, 18.Luke BRATTAN, 21.Jamie YOUNG (GK), 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Dimitri PETRATOS, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 30.Matthew ACTON (GK), 34.Shannon BRADY
**one to be omitted**
Ins: 5.Corey BROWN, 15.James DONACHIE, 17.Matt McKAY (all return from international duty)
Outs: 12.Jean Carlos SOLORZANO (shoulder – one week), 16.Devante CLUT (omitted)
Unavailable: Michael THEO (wrist – four weeks), Adam SAROTA (knee – two weeks), George LAMBADARIDIS (knee – two weeks), Jack HINGERT (knee – five weeks)