Round 15 preview: Roar v Victory


Melbourne Victory seeks a second win in four days when it visits Brisbane Roar in the Hyundai A-League on Tuesday.


Victory returned to winning ways by overcoming the Newcastle Jets 2-1 at AAMI Park.

Fine strikes from Terry Antonis and James Troisi saw Victory to its win in its first home game of the year.

It will play its fourth game in 11 days when it makes the trip to Suncorp Stadium to face the Roar.

Victory has collected six points from a possible nine to begin what is a busy run of fixtures in January.

Antonis’ fourth goal of the season and Troisi’s second – a tremendous effort from an angle – helped Victory get past the Jets.

Kenny Athiu set up Antonis with a lovely touch, while Corey Brown grabbed his second assist of the season with his pass to Troisi.

Victory – which is second on the table – has three more games in January, with two of those home clashes against Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC.

Keisuke Honda (hamstring), Nick Ansell (hamstring) and Georg Niedermeier (calf) were sidelined for the meeting with Newcastle.

Victory has won its past two league trips to Brisbane, which is ninth on the table.

Player in focus

Last time

Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Round 8
Brisbane Roar 2-4 Melbourne Victory
Friday, December 14, 2018
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Victory produced a fine performance in Brisbane last month.

Kosta Barbarouses scored a brace to go with strikes from Ola Toivonen and Honda during a six-goal first half, with Roar reduced to 10 men when Eric Bautheac saw red.

As it stands

Head to head

Round 8, 2018/19: Roar 2-4 Victory at Suncorp Stadium
Round 20, 2017/18: Victory 1-2 Roar at AAMI Park
Round 11, 2017/18: Roar 1-2 Victory at Suncorp Stadium
Round 6, 2017/18: Victory 1-1 Roar at Marvel Stadium
Round of 32, 2017 FFA Cup: Roar 1-5 Victory at Perry Park

Match details

Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Kick-off: 7.50pm AEDT

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (GK), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Corey BROWN, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Kenny ATHIU, 8.Terry ANTONIS, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.James TROISI, 11.Ola TOIVONEN, 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 14.Tommy DENG, 15.Raul BAENA, 16.Josh HOPE, 19.Rahmat AKBARI, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (GK), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 24.Elvis KAMSOBA, 25.Anthony LESIOTIS  
**two to be omitted**

Ins: 13.Birkan KIRDAR (promoted), 19. Rahmat AKBARI (promoted)
Outs: Nil
Unavailable: Jai INGHAM (quad – TBC), Keisuke HONDA (Hamstring – 4 weeks), Nick ANSELL (Hamstring – TBC), Georg NIEDERMEIER (Calf – TBC)