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  • 24 March 2013
  • • 17:00
  • • Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Referee: J. Gillett
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A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Heart

A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Heart

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Points do not get any more important in Sunday's match at Suncorp Stadium, with each side knowing exactly what a loss would do for their finals chances

GOAL.com Indonesia   By GOAL AUSTRALIA

  PROBABLE LINEUP
BRISBANE ROAR

Theo
Hingert, Donachie, Jurman, Stefanutto
Franjic, Brattan, Lustica, Broich
Nijland, Berisha

MELBOURNE HEART

Redmayne
Walker, Vrankovic, Coyne, Mitchinson
Garcia, Kalmar, Thompson
Williams, Tadic, Mebrahtu

Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Heart will be desperately out for three points at the expense of each other in their meeting at the Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

Defending grand final champions Roar are stuck in seventh spot in the table, two points behind six-placed Newcastle Jets.  Meanwhile, Heart are languishing in ninth position, trailing the Jets by four points.

Last Sunday's devastating 1-0 loss to the Central Coast Mariners means nothing less than three points will suffice for Mike Mulvey's Roar.

For an attack boasting the likes of Besart Berisha and Thomas Broich, the Roar have netted a paltry four goals in six matches, including their AFC Champions League qualifier against Buriram United.

They will again be deprived of captain Matt Smith while Jade North will also be unavailable due to international commitments with Australia.

Matt Jurman is poised to get the nod to partner James Donachie in the centre of defence, while Brazilian winger Henrique has joined the former in the extended squad after recovering from injury.

Heart, on the other hand, are still reeling from their 3-1 home loss to Western Sydney Wanderers last Saturday which has nearly extinguished their top-six hopes.

John Aloisi's side have an abysmal away record, having not tasted a victory outside of Victoria this season.

Their problems are compounded by the fact that they will have to play their final two matches on the road.

Aloisi has his squad issues to deal with as well, with Simon Colosimo [suspended], fellow defender Patrick Gerhardt [international duty], captain Fred and midfielder Jonathan Germano [both injured] all missing.

In to the squad come Dylan Macallister, Jason Hoffman, Eli Babalj, Cameron Edwards and Ben Garuccio.

He will take encouragement from his team's two victories against the Roar this campaign but they both came at AAMI Park in the comfort of familiar surroundings.

The Roar will be hoping that Albanian striker Besart Berisha can finally end his four-match goal drought, against Heart.

Berisha has registered 12 goals this season and he will be relishing his chances against a porous Heart defence.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Brisbane Roar

Melbourne City

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Brisbane Roar FC BRI
Brisbane Roar FC Brisbane Roar
Draw
Melbourne City FC MCT
Melbourne City FC Melbourne City
75%
25%

Top 3 Predictions

Brisbane Roar FC BRI
1 - 0
Melbourne City FC MCT
Brisbane Roar FC BRI
2 - 1
Melbourne City FC MCT
Brisbane Roar FC BRI
0 - 3
Melbourne City FC MCT

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