Melbourne Victory vs Brisbane Roar Tips, Odds and Teams – A-League 2017 Semi Finals

Sunday’s A-League 2017 Semi Finals match is between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar. The opening kick off is set to commence at 17:07 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.

When: 17:07 | Sunday 30/04/2017

Where: AAMI Park

Watch: Fox Sports

Preview:

Despite Brisbane Roar being the best chance to defeat Sydney FC in the grand final, they will come into their match against the Victory having already played 6 fixtures in April. The Roar leaked goals but ultimately defeated the Phoenix in their last game of the season (4-3). Against the Wanderers, Brisbane tightened back up and the match finished 1-1 before going to penalties (6-5).

If we look over the Roar’s history against the Victory this season we can see that they have been very effective at stopping them from scoring. You might say ‘but what about the 3-2 scoreline in Round 15’ and you would be right to an extent.

The Victory played 30 minutes of the absolute best football they have put together all season. It was of the highest class. And they have only done it once all year. Melbourne took about 5 minutes to figure out the Roar’s press and then played brilliantly for half an hour before Petratos scored a near-perfect free kick outside the box and Donachie knocked in an own goal under extreme pressure from the Roar offence. In the second half no goals were scored and Victory were lucky to escape with a win and not a draw.

In round one Brisbane scored a late equaliser but the Victory who dominated all match still only scored once. Finally, in the third game Melbourne were without Rojas, Berisha, Troisi and Ingham and didn’t score at all. 

Final Say: The Victory have stuttered towards the finals, not showing up in a humiliating 0-3 loss to the Phoenix at AAMI Stadium and looking listless against Central Coast to win 1-0. Despite this they have a quality squad and enter the home final fresh. Muscat will need his big players to fire, particularly in the midfield to release Berisha and Khalfallah to create goal scoring chances.

Brisbane played a tough ACL game midweek with Jamie Young suffering a deep cut to his arm. With Michael Theo injuring his knee against the Wanderers, Brisbane will be desperate to get Young on the pitch against the Victory.

 

Odds:

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Tip: Melbourne Victory at $1.83

 

Value Bet: First Goalscorer: G Howard at $8.50

 

Correct Score: Melbourne Victory 3-1 at $12.00

 

Teams:

Melbourne Victory squad:

2.Jason GERIA, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Marco ROJAS, 8.Besart BERISHA, 10.James TROISI, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Alan BARO, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.James DONACHIE, 19.George HOWARD, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 22.Stefan NIGRO, 23.Jai INGHAM, 40.Matt ACTON (gk)

Brisbane Roar FC squad:
3.Luke DEVERE, 5.Corey BROWN, 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 11.Tommy OAR, 13.Jade NORTH, 15.ARANA, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 29.Joe CALETTI, 43.Tomislav BILIC (gk)

Other Sports News:

Thiem downs Murray to set up Nadal clash

Dominic Thiem has upset top-ranked Andy Murray 6-2 3-6 6-4 to advance to the final against defending champion Rafael Nadal at the Barcelona Open.

Nadal beat Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-3 6-4 on Saturday after the fourth-seeded Thiem dispatched with Murray in windy conditions at the Real Club de Tenis.

Murray’s defeat came a week after he exited the third round in Monte Carlo. That loss prompted Murray to enter Barcelona to whip up some form for the French Open following a right-elbow injury.

Murray looked on the bright side of getting extra matches on Barcelona’s outdoor clay.

“I got three matches in three days against all different players,” Murray said. “Feli (Felicano Lopez) uses a lot of slice and variation, (Albert) Ramos-(Vinolas) yesterday is a lefty and today against Dominic, who plays with the kick serve and so much spin. To play two hours today after three yesterday, will be good for me.”

Nadal, a nine-time champion at Barcelona, said he “wasn’t surprised” by Thiem’s first win over Murray in three attempts.

“Thiem is a specialist on clay, one of the best in the world,” Nadal said. “It will be a tough match for me, but I am just happy to be back in the final.”

Thiem started strong, breaking Murray’s first two service games before adding a third break en route to taking the first set.

The ninth-ranked Austrian had a break point in the second set, but Murray held serve and broke him back to even the match at a set apiece.

Murray was again in trouble at 4-2 down in the decisive set, and folded when he failed to successfully return Thiem’s deep lob on match point.

“He’s the No.1 in the world, so you have to find something in between playing aggressive and not making mistakes,” Thiem said. “I was the luckiest in the end.”

Thiem will be seeking his second title of the year to add to his eight career titles.

Nadal looked set to roll past Zeballos, but he had to save five break points to get the straight-sets win.

Nadal won his 10th Monte Carlo title last weekend. Sunday’s final will be the fifth of the season for the Spaniard as he primes his claycourt game for Roland Garros in a month.

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