Preview: Round 6 v Brisbane Roar

PreviewMatchDetails

Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar
Saturday, November 11, Etihad Stadium
7.50pm AEDT
TV: Live on Fox Sports 501 & ONE HD // Radio: 1278AM

Transport
We recommend public transport to the game. If driving, we recommend pre-booking your parking at the stadium for a discounted rate, by using the online booking system.

Tickets - mvf.club/16

Membership
Memberships will be available to purchase from the Gate 5 membership hub, and will be open from 5:00pm.

The new membership merchandise will also be available to purchase.

Merchandise
This week's special is two adidas t-shirts for only $50 - that's a whopping 50% off!!

A brand new merchandise outlet will be situated outside Gate 5, while there will be four more inside – Gates 4, 5 and 7 on Level 1, and on Aisle 38 on Level 2.

PreviewCoachThoughts

on the start to the season…
"There could've been so easily that we're sitting here with a few more points in the bank, but I truly believe that the way the group has conducted itself and the way the group has performed throughout the games – not for the full games – is going to hold us in very good stead."

on Leroy George's start to his Victory career…
"First of all, we put him out there maybe when it was a little bit too early for him. Secondly, we've moved him around quite a bit so him personally as an individual hasn't really had too much continuity, he hasn't played with the same players on his wing or in the front third in any game so he's had a lot to deal with it, but good players can deal with those situations and he's been good."

on Besart Berisha's return from suspension…
"He's been in the league now for five, six-odd seasons and I don't think he's approached any game differently. He still won't take a backward step, he's still got a fierce desire to win and succeed and score goals. If anything, this weekend – as he said yesterday – the last two weeks he's shown a genuine remorse about what's happened and a genuine remorse for his team-mates that he's not been able to help in a time of need so hopefully we'll see him work even harder for his team-mates tomorrow and that's what I expect."

Berisha thoughts

"I'm very happy to be back. It's the game I love, the game I want to play. It's been a tough time for me seeing the boys fighting on the field and I'm not there for them so I'm very happy to be back.

"We want to definitely go out on Saturday and try to win the game and try to score a lot of goals. We need the three points badly and we want to win, that's for sure, and we are positive and we have the players with Jai (Ingham) and Leroy (George) that have proved in the past that they can come in and do the job and I believe we can.

"It's never bad if you try too hard. It just has to click once… We need the win. We need a win badly and I believe after this, we will go (forward). We have everything it takes to compete in this league, to win this league but it just has to click and I hope it's this weekend."

PreviewFastFacts
  • Victory is undefeated in its last eight games against the Roar at Etihad Stadium, winning five and drawing three.
  • The last time a Hyundai A-League clash between Victory and the Roar was won by an away team was at Suncorp Stadium in April 2015.
  • Leroy George has created a league-high 16 chances so far this season.
PreviewSquads

Melbourne Victory: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Jason GERIA, 4.Rhys WILLIAMS, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Kenny ATHIU, 8.Besart BERISHA, 14.Thomas DENG, 15.Cameron McGILP, 16.Josh HOPE, 18.Matias SANCHEZ, 19.Pierce WARING, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 22.Stefan NIGRO, 23.Jai INGHAM, 41.Leroy GEORGE

Ins: 6.Leigh BROXHAM (promoted), 8.Besart BERISHA (returns from suspension)
Outs: 5.Mark MILLIGAN (international duty), 11.Mitch AUSTIN (suspended)
Unavailable: 17.James DONACHIE (quad), 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES (international duty), 10.James TROISI (international duty), 31.Christian THEOHAROUS (Young Socceroos)

Brisbane Roar (two to be omitted): 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Massimo MACCARONE, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 11.Corey GAMEIRO, 13.Jade NORTH, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 16.Mitchell OXBORROW, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 18.Joe CALETTI, 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Eric BAUTHEAC, 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 26.Nick D'AGOSTINO, 27.Adam SAWYER, 31.Brendan WHITE(gk), 33.Petros SKAPETIS

Ins: 18.Joe CALETTI (promoted), 26.Nick D'AGOSTINO (promoted), 27. Adam SAWYER (promoted)
Outs: 2.Dane INGHAM (international duty – 2 weeks)
Unavailable: 1.Michael THEO (gk) (finger – 2-4 weeks), 3.Luke DEVERE (knee – 10 weeks), 4.Daniel BOWLES (knee – TBC), 5.Corey BROWN (hamstring – 4-weeks), 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN (hamstring – 2 weeks), 20.Shannon BRADY (broken foot – TBC)