Roar of entertainment awaits Victory

Brisbane Roar captain Matt Smith is predicting another open and entertaining game of football when his side meets Melbourne Victory in the elimination semi-final on Sunday.

The Roar and Victory have clashed three times already this season, with the Victory winning the first encounter 1-0 and the Premier’s Plate winners taking the next two games 3-0 and 1-0.

Both sides like to play attacking, possession-based football and have been influenced by former coach and now Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou.

“In my opinion since I’ve played at the Roar the games against Victory have consistently brought great encounters and I expect this one to be another,” Smith said.

“I feel both teams play an attractive brand of football, so I expect it to be quite open.”

Victory defeated Sydney FC 2-1 to progress and face the Roar after Gui Finkler’s late winner on the weekend, but are coming off Tuesday's 0-0 draw away to Jeonbuk Motors in Korea which say them bow out of the AFC Champions League.

Smith said of the Victory- Sydney clash: “It was an entertaining game where both teams had their periods of play in the match.

“It was end-to-end finals football and Gui took his chance to send Victory through.

“Gui is in good form and playing well, he is one of a number of players playing well for Victory as the moment which will make the game a great contest and spectacle for the A-League and its fans.

“It’s finals football, a one-off match and watching the games at the weekend has given me a buzz that I can’t wait to play next weekend.”

Brisbane suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat to the Mariners in the last round of the regular season but Smith said his team has recovered from the loss and prepared well leading up to the Victory clash.

“Although we lost we are relatively happy with our performances over the past three matches and with winning the league already,” the defender said.

“All the players are fit and putting their hat in the ring to play. These are the games players want to play in.”

Smith said the Roar won’t be changing their game-plan when they tackle the Victorian side at Suncorp Stadium.

“I think we’ve proven both home or away this season that we will continue to play our style of football despite the strategies of other teams.

“We are aware of their strengths and style, so will try our best to nullify them and implement our game as best we can.

“It’s always nice playing at Suncorp and of course in front of our great home fans. Hopefully we can put in a good performance for them.”