Isuzu UTE A-League preview: Victory v Roar

Match details

Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Sunday, November 28, 2021
Kick-off: 4.05pm AEDT


Melbourne Victory is back at AAMI Park for the first time this season, hosting Brisbane Roar in the Isuzu UTE A-League on Sunday.

Victory will be aiming to maintain a perfect start to the campaign, eyeing a third straight win when Brisbane visits.

It has been a busy start to 2021-22 for Victory, overcoming Western United in Round 1 before edging Perth Glory in an FFA Cup play-off.

The meeting with Brisbane marks a third outing in nine days for Tony Popovic’s side, which has another cup clash against Adelaide City on Wednesday.

Victory has rotated the squad to begin the season, with a youthful outfit needing penalties to get past Perth.

Lleyton Brooks opened the scoring with a stunning long-range strike before Anthony Leban tucked away the winning penalty in the shoot-out after Jerrad Tyson saved two spot-kicks.

Tyson and Leban were two of five Victory debutants, alongside Edmond Lupancu, William Wilson and Ryan Lethlean.

Victory could welcome back captain Josh Brillante, who has been named in the squad after missing Round 1 due to a hamstring injury.

Matthew Spiranovic and Matt Acton remain sidelined.


Victory moved a step closer to history during the win over Western, now two goals away from becoming the first Club to score 700 times in the A-League Men.

Player in focus

Rai Marchan was quietly impressive on his Victory debut against Western. The Spanish midfielder completed 53 of 64 passes and won 12 duels in a strong start to his Victory career.

What they said

“I’m excited. I hope that AAMI Park is buzzing because the support there (at GMHBA Stadium) was unbelievable even if it was an away game and I think everybody is excited with the start of the new season, will be our first game at home and hopefully the public and the fans can come here and put everybody on fire.” – Victory defender Roderick Miranda.

Last time

Isuzu UTE A-League 2020/21 Round 7
Brisbane Roar 5-2 Melbourne Victory
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Moreton Daily Stadium, Brisbane

Brisbane quickly opened up a 3-0 lead through goals from Dylan Wenzel-Halls, Scott McDonald and Riku Danzaki.

After a Tom Aldred own goal, McDonald scored a second prior to Jake Brimmer’s strike, before Danzaki made it 5-2 early in the second half.

Head to head

Round 7, 2020/21: Roar 5-2 Victory at Moreton Daily Stadium
Round 2, 2020/21: Victory 1-3 Roar at AAMI Park
Round 24, 2019/20: Victory 1-2 Roar at CommBank Stadium
Round 3, 2019/20: Roar 0-1 Victory at Suncorp Stadium
Round 22, 2018/19: Victory 2-1 Roar at Marvel Stadium

Round 2 squad

Jason Geria

Jason Davidson

Rai Marchan

Leigh Broxham

Josh Brillante

Francesco Margiotta

Robbie Kruse

Ben Folami

Chris Ikonomidis

Jay Barnett

Aaron Anderson

Stefan Nigro

Brendan Hamill

Nick D’Agostino

Jerrad Tyson

Ivan Kelava

Roderick Miranda

Jake Brimmer

Marco Rojas

Nishan Velupillay