Kevin Muscat‘s Melbourne Victory kicked off Round 14 of the Hyundai A-League in style with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Central Coast Mariners and this week, they are back to kicking off another thrilling round of football in Australasia’s premier club football competition at AAMI park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia against John Aloisi‘s Brisbane Roar, who played to a scoreless draw away to Wellington Phoenix.
Brisbane Roar are at the top of the A-League ladder with a record of 8-4-2 (28 points), while Melbourne Victory are 6-3-5 (21 points), good for fifth place.
“Archie [Thompson] had another positive impact on the game,” Muscat said of last weekend’s performance. “At that point in time, we were getting on top. Archie being Archie, he’ll find some space, he’ll find someone. He was in and amongst everything. He takes players away as well – he leaves and creates space for others.
“Nick [Ansell] back into football, it’s been a long time for him. From that perspective, you see when he comes on, he adds some insurance. He’s very, very comfortable on the ball, and he looks composed. That goes confidence goes through the team as well.
“Jai [Ingham] will add something to the squad. He’s still getting the understanding of the way we want to play, but he’ll add to the depth of the squad, without doubt.”
“You always want to win your football games,” Aloisi said of the Roar’s efforts against Wellington Phoenix. “We play – home or away – to win. You don’t want to get too frustrated with the players because they performed overall quite well. They stuck to our structures and we created enough opportunities to score. Hopefully next time if we create those chances, we can go on and win the football game.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 12:40 a.m. PT/3:40 a.m. ET on Friday, with the Live Blog scheduled for 10 p.m. PT (Thursday)/1 a.m. ET. Here are some Bold Predictions for what we think will happen between Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory.
- Besart Berisha will score for Melbourne Victory.
- Archie Thompson will score for Melbourne Victory.
- Jamie Young will make under five saves.
- Danny Vukovic will make under five saves.
- Thomas Broich will score for Brisbane Roar.
- Henrique will score for Brisbane Roar.
- At least 30 fouls will be whistled.
- At least five cards will be issued.
- No goals will be scored in the first 10 minutes.
- A goal will be scored in stoppage time.
We originally pegged this to be a victory for Brisbane Roar, but after both teams were forced to split points in each of their last matches, we are calling for a draw.
Melbourne Victory 2, Brisbane Roar 2