James Troisi scored against Brisbane earlier this season. Image courtesy of theaustralian.com/Michael Klein/Herald Sun
No Besart Berisha, no worry for Brisbane Roar as Dimitri Petratos snaffled a hat-trick last week as his side smashed Sydney FC 5-2 at Allianz Stadium. Berisha will miss another week due to his hip injury, so after tearing apart his former side, Petratos and his co-conspirators such as Thomas Broich , Henrique and Matt McKay can put to bed Brisbane’s terrible Melbourne record against a Victory side not known for its stability at the back. Roar hasn’t won away to Victory in eight starts, and 2010 was the last time the men in orange knocked off Heart in the Victorian capital, so it has been a long time between drinks by the Yarra River.
Melbourne had super-sub Gui Finkler to thank for escaping with a point against Western Sydney. After spending so long on the sidelines with an ACL injury, Finkler has scored off the bench in two of his three games back, and his dead ball effort against the Wanderers to finish the match was something special. Given Archie Thompson will be absent for another week, Finkler’s creativity will come in handy breaking down Roar. James Troisi is another man in-form this season and it was the former Newcastle United and Atalanta man who scored the only goal in Victory’s 1-0 win over Roar earlier this season in Ange Postecoglou’s last game in charge.
Despite looking insecure at the back, Victory has managed to keep a clean sheet in four of its seven home games this campaign, and Kevin Muscat’s men have lost just one of their last six. Brisbane’s away record is a big reason why it is top of the table with five wins from seven starts.
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