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Oct 28, 2022   |  2:20PM AET

Isuzu Ute A-League preview: Roar v Victory

Isuzu Ute A-League preview: Roar v Victory

Match details

Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory
Moreton Daily Stadium Saturday, October 29, 2022
Kick-off: 3:00pm AEST
Tickets: Ticketek
Broadcast: Paramount+

Preview

Melbourne Victory will be looking to get their season back on track when they head to Queensland for this weekend’s clash with Brisbane Roar.

Following back-to-back losses, Victory will be intent on a return to the rock-solid performances to which their fans have become accustomed under Tony Popovic.

The team’s proven ability to rebound from poor results, combined with an excellent recent record in interstate games should hold them in good stead.

In fact, the last time Victory lost an A-League Men’s game outside of Victoria was back in February.

Victory though will head into the game without captain Josh Brillante following his red card in last week’s Melbourne Derby, meaning a new midfield trio will be required against the Roar.

Brisbane meanwhile have begun their season with two draws and a defeat, although could have easily come away with all three points from last week’s game against Western Sydney Wanderers.

Victory though will take confidence from their unbeaten record against the Roar last season, including a 3-0 triumph in their first meeting of the campaign where both Nick D’Agostino and Ben Folami were on the scoresheet.

Both teams have plenty to play for, and with hot conditions forecast in Redcliffe the result will likely come down to who can stay cool under pressure.

Player in focus

Jake Brimmer will need to be at his best in the Victory midfield to compensate for the absence of Brillante.

Brimmer has yet to find his best form in season 2022/23, setting up this weekend as a prime opportunity for the reigning Johnny Warren medallist to make his mark.

Last time

Brisbane Roar 1-1 Melbourne Victory
April 25, 2022
Moreton Daily Stadium

Head to head

2021/22 (Apr 25): Roar 1-1 Victory
2021/22 (Apr 12): Victory 0-0 Roar
2021/22 (Nov 28): Victory 3-0 Roar
2020/21 (Feb 6): Roar 5-2 Victory
2020/21 (Jan 2): Victory 1-3 Roar

Squad

#1 Matt Acton

#3 Enrique Lopez (Kadete)

#4 Rai Marchan

#6 Leigh Broxham

#7 Chris Ikonomidis

#9 Tomi Juric

#11 Ben Folami

#14 Jay Barnett

#15 George Timotheou

#16 Stefan Nigro

#17 Luis Nani

#18 Nick D’Agostino

#20 Paul Izzo

#21 Roderick Miranda

#22 Jake Brimmer

#23 Nathan Konstandopoulos

#24 Nishan Velupillay

#25 Noah Smith

#26 Lleyton Brooks

#28 Will Wilson