3 key ins for Hyundai A-League Elimination Finals

There’s nothing like finals football to get pulses racing and the Hyundai A-League Finals Series is set to sizzle this weekend.

It’s do-or-die when Melbourne City hosts Brisbane Roar on Friday night, while there should be extra spice as Original Rivals Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United do battle at AAMI Park on Sunday.

We’ve picked out three players that return for their respective clubs this weekend that could make the difference between moving on to the semi-finals or going on the end-of-season trip.

Michael Jakobsen (Melbourne City)

An injury kept the experienced defender out of the Round 27 clash with Wellington Phoenix in Auckland.

And his absence was telling, with City’s four-game unbeaten run coming to an end with a 2-1 loss.

His combination with impressive Dutchman Bart Schenkeveld has got stronger every week and if City is to stop the likes of Maccarone, Ben Khalfallah and Bautheac, they’ll need to be at the top of their game.

Michael Jakobsen will wear Melbourne City's armband this season.
Michael Jakobsen (City)

Corey Brown (Brisbane Roar)

It's been an injury-riddled season for the left-back but he's been included in the squad for Friday night and is a great option to have for John Aloisi.

Roar have a host of injury troubles at the back with Jade North, Avraam Papadopoulos, Luke DeVere and Daniel Bowles all unavailable.

Brown not only adds depth to Roar's backline options but provides experience and great balance down the left flank.

Corey Brown
Corey Brown (Roar)

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Isaias (Adelaide United)

In danger of picking up a suspension if he received a yellow card last weekend, Reds boss kept his inspirational skipper in cotton wool against the Wanderers in Round 27.

But Isaias will come straight back into the middle of the park for this one in what shapes as a physical and crucial midfield battle.

The Spanish maestro is brilliant at setting the tempo for the Reds, often starting attacks with his sublime range of passing, while his ability to break-up opposition attacks is equally as important.

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Isaias
Isaias (Reds)