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  • 13 October 2012
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  • • Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
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A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory

A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory

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The return of Victory coach Ange Postecoglou to his former club should not mask the importance of the match at Suncorp Stadium for both sides

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  PROBABLE LINEUP
BRISBANE ROAR


Theoklitos
Franjic, Smith, Jurman, Stefanutto
Murdocca, Paartalu, Nichols
Broich, Berisha, Henrique

MELBOURNE VICTORY


Thomas
Foschini, Franjic, Leijer, Traore
Bru, Finkler, Broxham
Markelis, Allsopp, Flores

These two sides were talked up as title favourites before the season started, and if they do harbour ambitions of being champions then they dare not lose this one.

In the history of the A-League, no side that has lost the first two matches have gone on to win any silverware.

This match was already big enough, with Victory coach Ange Postecoglou heading back to his former club - and has been welcomed back this week by broadsides from the likes of Besart Berisha and Thomas Broich.

But after both sides lost their opening-round fixtures, it has taken on even greater significance.

The Roar are likely to gain full-back Ivan Franjic [groin] back, while they will also hope Brazilian winger Henrique [heel] will be available, after the pair missed the loss to Perth last Sunday.

Jack Hingert and Nick Fitzgerald could make way if the injured pair are passed fit.

The Victory have selection problems of their own, with Archie Thompson, Mark Milligan and Marco Rojas all on international duty.  Danny Allsopp and Theo Markelis are likely to replace Rojas and Thompson, with Petar Franjic favourite to come in for Milligan in defence.

There were plenty of question marks over how the Roar would go after the departure of Postecoglou, but what we saw in the game against Glory was more of the trademark fluent passing game and sweeping attacking movements.

Rado Vidosic has kept things fairly similar with the Roar's game, which should ensure they remain the team to beat.

The only thing missing against Perth was the finishing in front of goal which resulted in the eventual 1-0 defeat.

Vidosic will be hoping the likes of Besart Berisha, Mitch Nichols and Thomas Broich can find their shooting boots in time for kick-off at Suncorp Stadium.

With Postecoglou eager to implement the same style of play in Melbourne that he did with the Roar, it was no surprise to see Victory trying to pass their way out from the back in the 2-1 loss to city rivals Melbourne Heart.

Unfortunately, his players did not quite get things right, with both the Heart's goals coming from a loss of possession in their own half.

One has to applaud Postecoglou for wanting his side to play the right way but they will need to cut out the errors if they are to consistently win matches.

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17Matthew JurmanDefender
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8Massimo MurdoccaMidfielder
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17James JeggoMidfielder
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