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Melbourne Victory vs Brisbane Roar A-League Preview and Team News - Victory unbeaten against Roar at AAMI Park since 2014

Andrew Hendrie 7 Feb 2018
  • Melbourne Victory host Brisbane Roar in the A-League on Friday
  • First game of the split round
  • Roar winless against Victory at AAMI Park since 2014
Victory host Roar on Friday night

Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar each attempt to bounce back from last-start defeats when they square off in the first of just two A-League games this weekend at AAMI Park.

Due to the A-League’s split-round, only two games are being held across the country this weekend - and the first clash sees Melbourne Victory take on Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park.

An already busy stage of the season is about to get even more hectic for Victory as they embark on their Asian Champions League campaign next week, meaning Friday’s encounter with Brisbane holds even more significance.

We’ve seen in the past that Asian Champions League fixtures - which are held mid-week and force Australian clubs to travel long distances with very little rest and recover before the weekend’s A-League games - can impact a club’s domestic form, and Victory will need to deal with the tricky part of the football calendar over the next couple of months.

Which means that Kevin Muscat’s side simply must come away with three points against Brisbane as they prepare to juggle domestic and international competitions from next week.

Victory aren’t in the best position at the moment after their 2-0 loss to the Newcastle Jets last week, slipping to fifth spot on the ladder - a massive 20 points behind leaders Sydney and 11 adrift of the second-placed Jets.

With the Wanderers behind them in sixth spot with a game in hand, and Brisbane - currently in seventh - having the chance to come within four points of them if they prevail, Victory can’t afford to dig a deeper hole for themselves.

However, while Victory will still more likely than not find themselves playing finals football at the end of the season, Brisbane face a steep uphill battle to challenge for the premiership.

It’s been a tough campaign for the Roar, with John Aloisi’s team winning just five games and crashing out of the Asian Champions League in embarrassing fashion.

Yet, somehow, Brisbane find themselves in seventh spot and just three points behind the sixth-placed Wanderers, meaning they can secure a spot in the top six after this weekend if they win due to Western Sydney playing Newcastle next week.

Victory have won three of the last four meetings between the sides, and given what’s on the line, you’d expect them to extend that record. Playing at home and knowing the significance of this clash, coupled with Brisbane playing very average football at the moment, should be enough to see them home.

Stats


  • Victory have won three of their last four encounters
  • Brisbane’s last win over Victory at AAMI Park was in 2014
  • Victory won 2-1 in their last clash on December 17 at Suncorp

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Melbourne Victory vs Brisbane Roar A-League Preview and Team News - Victory unbeaten against Roar at AAMI Park since 2014

Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar each attempt to bounce back from last-start defeats when they square off in the first of just two A-League games this weekend at AAMI Park.

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