Tired Victory Will Have Work Cut Out

Brisbane Roar will be up for the challenge against Melbourne.

After being knocked out of the AFC Champion’s League midweek, Melbourne Victory  make the tough trip north to Brisbane to face the Roar  in the second A-league semi-final.

Melbourne will be deflated after falling just short of qualification on Tuesday. A 0-0  draw with Korean outfit Jeobuk Motors wasn’t enough to send the Victory through and they will now have to turn their attention to the biggest game of the season at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday. Skipper Mark Milligan was a noticeable absentee in the midweek clash through suspension and will return for Melbourne this weekend. Gui Finkler, the man that sealed the Victory’s 2-1  win over Sydney FC in injury time last week, will also return to the starting line-up after he was ineligible to play midweek.

Brisbane will be the well-rested team leading into this game, enjoying a week off after finishing top of the A-league ladder. Home ground advantage will be a massive boost for the Mike Mulvey’s side. The Roar have never lost a finals game at home in the competition’s history. The last time the two sides met at Suncorp the Roar secured the Premiers Plate thanks to a late Luke Brattan strike.

The Roar squad will be at full-strength ahead of this game and having last weekend off, the freshen up is the perfect lead up to a semi-final. The same can’t be said about Melbourne though, Sunday’s clash will be their fifth competitive game in 16 days. The Victory will put up a good fight but the fresh legs and sheer talent of the Roar should prove to good at home on Sunday.

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