Preview: Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory

Brisbane Roar might be red-hot favourites for the visit by Melbourne Victory but they underestimate the Westfield W-League cellar-dwellers at their peril.

The Roar can put one hand on a finals berth with a win here. That was an unlikely prospect just a month ago, but the Roar have revived with perfect timing.

There is momentum and confidence in the Roar camp now after two wins and a hard-fought loss against Melbourne City from their past three outings.

So too coach Belinda Wilson has a settled squad to choose from and the newer younger players in the group seem to have now adapted to the team’s methodology.

Melbourne Victory, though, are a very much a banana skin in waiting. It is hard to believe the Victory are propping up the table based on recent displays.

Should they finish the season at the bottom they must surely be considered the best squad to collect the wooden spoon in the competition’s eight-season history.

The Victory currently sit one point away from Perth Glory but with a bye in the final round they must collect at least a point from their trip to Queensland. Don’t bet against that happening.

Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory
Sunday 10 January 2016
Broadbeach United Soccer Club, Gold Coast
Local kick-off: 2.30pm (3.30pm AEDT)

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Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Haley Kopmeyer (gk), 3. Amy Chapman, 4. Clare Polkinghorne, 6. Angela Beard, 7. Gabe Marzano, 8. Ayesha Norrie, 9. Cortnee Vine, 10. Katrina Gorry, 11. Kirsty Yallop, 12. Alisha Foote, 13. Tameka Butt, 14. Summer O'Brien, 15. Ruth Blackburn, 16. Ashley Spina, 17. Emily Gielnik, 20. Carrie Simpson (gk)

Ins:  Ashley Spina (promoted)

Outs: none

Unavailable: Brooke Goodrich (injured)

Melbourne Victory squad: 20. Melissa Barbieri (gk) (c), 2. Alexandra Natoli, 4. Melissa Taranto, 6. Annabel Martin, 7. Enza Barilla, 8. Jamie Pollock, 10. Christine Nairn, 11. MelindaJ Barbieri, 12. Whitney Knight, 13. Thea Slatyer, 15. Adriana Taranto, 16. Hayley Raso, 17. Gulcan Koca, 1. Cassandra Dimovski (gk), 27. Natasha Dowie

Ins: Jamie Pollock (returns from illness)

Outs: Cindy Lay (omitted)

Unavailable: Selin Kuralay (knee – season), Laura Spiranovic (knee – season)