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Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar Predictions and Match Preview - Winless sides clash

Gary Emmerson 10 Nov 2017
  • The two sides are among four teams yet to win this season
  • Brisbane's last win at Victory was back in January 2014
  • Five of the last six head-to-heads have been 0-0 at half-time

Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar both remain in search of their first win of the season ahead of their clash at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

Victory v Roar kicks off at 7.50pm AEST at Etihad Stadium.

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Both Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar have not had the starts to the season they imagined and are winless through the opening five rounds of the campaign.

Will one side finally get their first three points when they meet at Etihad Stadium? Or will the wait go on and both have to settle for a share of the spoils.

Victory were held to a 1-1 draw against Western Sydney Wanderers on Monday and suffer during international week with the loss of Mark Milligan, James Troisi and Kostas Barbarouses from midfield, while Mitch Austin starts a suspension.

It leave Melbourne short in the middle of the park, although they do have Besart Berisha back on deck following his ban and Kevin Muscat will be hoping the striker can inspire his side against his former club.

Brisbane Roar, who were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Central Coast Mariners last week, are without some key names themselves Dane Ingham, Corey Brown and Thomas Kristensen on the injury list. 

It leaves this finely balanced and it may pay to sit on the fence in this one. Victory did beat Brisbane 5-1 in the FFA Cup in August, but things are usually tight between these rivals with 10 of the last 12 results having no more than one goal separating the sides and I think this might finish all square.

Another interesting stat is the lack of first-half action between the two sides with five of the last six games still goalless at the break, which makes a play on the 0-0 half-time score a must.

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  • The two sides are among four teams yet to win this season
  • Brisbane's last win at Victory was back in January 2014
  • Five of the last six head-to-heads have been 0-0 at half-time

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