The Roar’s form has been a mixed bag - a convincing win against the Newcastle Jets and a hammering in the AFC Champions League at the hands of the Kashima Antlers - but this test will be far more rigorous, as the Victory are flying high and twelve points clear of their rivals.
The Ladder may not lie, but Brisbane have actually lost fewer games than Melbourne, but it is how many points they have dropped through drawing games that has cost them a higher spot in the league.
Roar Coach John Aloisi will be keen to shut down Kevin Muscat’s free-scoring Victory, but both teams have been dealt mortal blows for their future plans in recent weeks.
Brisbane look set to be losing their attacking lynchpin. Jamie Maclaren has always been reliable in front of goal, but he has turned down a recent contract extension, and Aloisi has set his sights on Central Coast Mariners Ray O’Donovan to replace the steady stream of goals that Maclaren provides.
The Victory will also probably be bereft of their star player next season. Oliver Bozanic looks to be all set for a move to the J-League. Bozanic has been a source of inspiration and is Melbourne’s Marquee player, but he is a near-certainty to be packing his bags.
They are still in the rosters right now though, and they are great bets to be first goalscorer for their respective sides.
In terms of who will grab the points, the best sporting bet odds for a Roar win are with Coral, who are giving odds of 29/20, and slightly shorter odds for Melbourne at 6/4. The draw is a best priced 13/5 with TAB and William Hill Australia
It looks to be a tight call, but with so much to play for, both teams will be pulling out all the stops for the win and a better chance of glory come May.
Brisbane Roar Steal Victory from Melbourne
So that would make the Melbourne team just Melbourne, with the Victory being snatched by the Brisbane Roar with a thrilling 1-0 win on Saturday night