Melbourne Heart v Brisbane Roar

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There was little between Heart and the Roar last season. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au
The A-League’s bottom two teams meet at AAMI Park on Friday night when Melbourne Heart  host Brisbane Roar . Since opening the season with a win over Melbourne Victory in the derby, Heart has managed just a solitary point from four matches, while Brisbane has also struggled since scoring a 5-0  win over Victory in week 2.

Melbourne Heart, who has lost three straight matches, will be hoping that injured skipper Fred will be fit to take his place against the defending champions when after sitting out last week’s 2-1 defeat to Western Sydney. His return would be a significant boost to the side given that Heart has scored just two goals in its past two matches. Dylan Macallister remains another option up front after coming off the bench last weekend. Ben Garuccio and David Vrankovic remain unavailable for selection as they are away with the Young Socceroos. Experienced midfielder Richard Garcia is yet to hit his straps for his new club and they would dearly love to see him make an impact during this difficult period.

Brisbane Roar looked to be somewhere near its title winning form of the past two seasons when scoring a 5-0 win against Melbourne Victory four weeks ago but has slipped considerably since. Last week’s 1-0 home defeat to Adelaide was its second in succession and highlighted a deficiency that was previously evident. During the 2011/12 campaign Brisbane failed to score on just four occasions but has failed to find the back three times from five matches already this season. Golden Boot winner Besart Berisha has been off his game recently and will need to lift, while they could also be boosted by the return of Ben Halloran, who missed last week with an illness.

Brisbane has been successful in three of the six matches between these clubs, although all of those wins came in the Heart’s inaugural A-League campaign two years ago. The Roar failed to beat Melbourne in any of the three meetings between the sides last season, suffering a 2-1  home defeat to the red and whites in December before drawing the following two fixtures 1-1 .

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