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A-League preview: Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar

A-League preview: Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar

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The 5-0 thumping will remain fresh in the hosts' minds, but both sides have no shortage of motivation going into Saturday's clash

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  PROBABLE LINEUP
MELBOURNE VICTORY

Coe
Ferreira, Leijer, Gallagher, Traore
Finkler, Milligan, Flores
Rojas, Thompson, Nabbout

BRISBANE ROAR

Theo
Franjic, Smith, Jurman, Stefanutto
Murdocca, Paartalu, Broich
Halloran, Berisha, Henrique

Both Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar will be out to atone for frustrating losses last time out that proved costly on the ladder.

Second-placed Adelaide United increased their advantage over third-placed Victory with a 4-2 win at Hindmarsh Stadium last Friday, while Brisbane Roar missed the chance to climb to fourth following a 1-0 loss at Western Sydney Wanderers on Sundayand instead slipped to ninth - equal on points with bottom-placed Sydney FC.

Victory, however, have been one of the form teams of the competition since their humiliating defeat at the hands of Brisbane in Week2, with five wins in eight matches establishing Ange Postecoglou's men as genuine title contenders in his first season at AAMI Park.

Roar, on the other hand, have lost five matches since dismantling Victory at Suncorp Stadium to leave the defending champions plummeting towards the bottom of the ladder.

But coach Rado Vidosic believes Brisbane have been unlucky since he took over from Postecoglou and is confident the side will improve.

Postecoglou's former No.2 will take confidence in Victory's problems in defence, where they have conceded an alarming 20 goals this campaign.

For all the goals the hosts have scored this season, their goal difference is still in the negative. Only last-placed Sydney FC has conceded more.

But Vidosic's men have been reduced to a shadow of the side that won the past two grand finals and seem to have lost the belief and desire that fuelled their success under Postecoglou.

Both receive key men back from international duty with Australia - Victory regain Mark Milligan and Archie Thompson, while captain Matt Smith and Ivan Franjic return for the Roar.  Smith's return is particularly timely, with James Donachie - having served in his captain's absence in defence - out with a calf injury.

Adama Traore, in turn, further bolsters Victory's defence.

Thompson turned 34 this year, but looks more than comfortable alongside younger team-mates Marco Rojas [21] and Andrew Nabbout [19] and provides a wealth of experience as one of the A-League's most prolific forwards.

Thomas Broich, meanwhile, sets the tone for Brisbane, and the German's form is always a good barometer for how the Roar are tracking.

Just as his team have not been travelling particularly well so far in 2012-13, Broich is yet to truly hit his best.

Ange Postecoglou knows all too well he can be a match winner and will be praying it does not happen on Friday.

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