Friday’s A-League 2017 Round 15 match is between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar. The opening kick off is set to commence at 19:50 local time with the game to be played at AAMI Park. View our preview and teams for the game between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar.
Five straight wins now for the Victory after a relatively slow start to the season and the form of key players such as Besart Berisha and Marco Rojas has been key to their great run.
James Troisi has also had a huge impact on the Victory this season and his finish against Adelaide was sublime.
Keven Muscat has done a great job to reinvigorate his squad and they’re making a serious push up the ladder and look to be the biggest rival to the Sky Blues.
After a great run of 10 unbeaten it’s been two straight losses for the Roar, the most recent against the Jets.
But it was great to see Tommy Oar finally get back on the scoresheet with Jamie Maclaren adding the other goal from the spot.
KEY BATTLE: Besart Berisha v Jamie Maclaren
Berisha is once again up against his former club which always adds that extra motivation.
Maclaren has continued where he left off last season and will be crucial to help Roar get back to winning ways.
Melbourne Victory at $1.74
Draw at $3.85
Brisbane at $4.80
Tip: Draw at $3.70
Value Bet: First Goal Scorer: B Berisha at at $6.00
Correct Score: Draw 1-1 at $7.50
Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Jason GERIA, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Marco ROJAS, 8.Besart BERISHA, 9.Max BEISTER, 10.James TROISI, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 13.Oliver BOZANIC, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.James DONACHIE, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 22.Stefan NIGRO, 23.Jai INGHAM,40.Matt ACTON (gk).
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1.Michael THEO (gk), 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 5.Corey BROWN, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 11.Tommy OAR, 13.Jade NORTH, 15.ARANA, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Dimitri PETRATOS, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 28.Brandon BORRELLO.
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Cash says injured Kyrgios needs quick wins
Two-time finalist Pat Cash says Nick Kyrgios must blow his early-round opponents away if he’s any chance of winning the Australian Open title.
Kyrgios will head to Melbourne Park next week under an injury cloud after knee trouble hampered him at the Hopman Cup last week.
Cash, who made his first Australian Open final 30 years ago, says because of that Kyrgios needs to win well in the opening rounds to give himself time to recover before the second week of the first grand slam of the year.
“I’ve always felt that to have success in a slam you need a bit of luck and if Nick’s got a niggling injury he want to get through the first rounds as quickly as he possibly can,” Cash said.
“A long five-set match can make life tricky.”
Cash said that a key to the success and longevity of four-time champion and former world No.1 Roger Federer was his ability to blitz early-round opponents.
“He’s got the sort of game that can blow players away and Nick is developing it,” he said.
“Getting through the early matches quickly is going to be a big advantage to someone like Nick if he’s carrying a injury.”
Cash himself carried a shoulder injury into the 1987 final, losing in five sets to Swede Stefan Edberg.
“I always say this is the one that got away,” the 51-year-old said.
Cash says it’s hard to tip against defending champion and six-time winner Novak Djokovic, but he also believes world No.1 Andy Murray might now have the mental strength for a breakthrough title after five appearances in the final.
He also said a fresh and firing Federer was a chance.
“It’s hard not to tip Djokovic but having said that I think Murray is edging ever closer and he deserves to be world No.1 and he will hold on to that spot for quite a while this year,” Cash said.
“I think Murray is mentally more stable and more consistent and he seems to be more relaxed.
“He’s the one who has got something to prove – Murray’s had a great career and a lot of wins but he still hasn’t quite got over the line in the Australian Open and the French and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get both of those this year.”