Melbourne Victory VS Brisbane Roar, draw game

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Match Time:7/29/2020 17:30 Wednesday(GMT+8)

Australia A-League -- Melbourne Victory VS Brisbane Roar

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TEAM NEWS

Victory will be without ex-Roar forward Robbie Kruse due to a knee injury, while star imports Ola Toivonen and Tim Hoogland have exited, leaving them undermanned. Kiwi international Marco Rojas, who was signed in January, is their X-factor.

 

Brisbane bolstered their squad with the additions of Matthew Ridenton and Danny Kim in July, with both debuting in the 1-0 loss to Adelaide last week.

 

Melbourne Victory

Suspended: None

Doubtful: None

Injured/unavailable: Robbie Kruse (knee)

 

Brisbane Roar

Suspended: None

Doubtful: None

Injured/unavailable: None

 

MATCH PREVIEW

MAIN PREDICTION: DRAW

Tenth-placed Victory have little to play for this season, with finals appearing to be out of the equation, they 2-1 lost to Western Utd in the last round. Interim coach Grant Brebner isn’t assured of the job, so players won’t necessarily have the mentality of playing to win a new contract. It’s an awkward spot for arguably Australia’s biggest club, so it’s difficult to know what to expect from them.

 

Brisbane are right in the finals mix, sitting inside the top four, but having suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Adelaide last time out. Last month’s departure of coach Robbie Fowler, who had masterminded their mid-season revival, means Roar are also hard to get a read on.

 

I’m unconvinced by both sides, but both possess quality, so I’ll sit on the fence with a draw.

 

SECOND PREDICTION: HILO – LOW

Victory and Brisbane are the joint second lowest scoring sides in the A-League with 25 goals, only the lowly Mariners behind them both. As a result, I’m expecting a low-scoring affair.

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Victory have won all of their past four encounters in the league, including 5-0 and 4-2 triumphs. However, Victory is a different side these days, with little to play for, without their stars and with an interim coach.

Melbourne Victory VS Brisbane Roar, draw game

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