BRISBANE ROAR V MELBOURNE CITY Friday night, Suncorp Stadium
Melbourne City's title credentials will be tested when they travel to Suncorp Stadium to take on Brisbane.
The premiership favourites didn't have a good record on the road last season, winning just four times. If they are to lift the trophy then they must have a better record away from AAMI Park.
They won't get a better chance to prove their worth against one of the best home teams in the competition.
HOME SWEET HOME
Brisbane's charge towards the Premiers Plate last season was built off the back of their imposing record at Suncorp. With 11 wins and just the one loss at the venue, they had the highest return of points at home of any team as well as best goal difference.
This season it has been much of the same for the Roar with a win and draw from their two games against Perth and Melbourne Victory. It's their road form that is of most concern.
Melbourne's travels on the road in 2015/16 weren't fruitful to say the least. Just the four wins (3 Draws, 6 Losses) were yielded and coach John van’t Schip will be looking for better from his troops this time around.
Their only away game so far this season was a 1-0 win at Wellington in the opening round.
One thing playing heavily in City's favour is their outstanding recent record over Brisbane.
In four of their last six games they have taken all three points while there has also been a Draw thrown into the mix as well.
Brisbane's only win during the last two years was two games ago when they saluted 3-1 at this venue.
HOW IT PANS OUT
Melbourne City is playing arguably the most beautiful football of any team at the moment.
Blessed with creative minds such as Bruno Fornarolli, Fernando Brandan, Luke Brattan and Tim Cahill, they pose threats all over the park.
That said, their defence is still questionable and can leak goals. Their only clean sheet was against Wellington in the opening round and that hasn't turned out to be a huge accomplishment as that team were scoreless through the first three rounds!
Brisbane seems to grow a leg at home and that was evident against the high-flying Perth last week.
Outplaying the visitors for big part of the game but finding themselves level after 55 minutes, the Roar lifted to another gear and secured the win thanks to a Brandon Borrello strike.
If they can dominate this one just as they did against Perth then they will surely create enough chances to give themselves every chance of success.
THE TIP: Draw – the likely loss of Cahill might be just enough for both teams to negate each other.
TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: Go the Overs - an average of 3.3 goals has been scored the last three times they've played.