Semi final focus: Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar

Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar meet in a winner-takes-all Hyundai A-League Semi Final on Sunday in the Victorian capital. What can we learn from their three previous meetings this season?

Banter ramps up for Victory, Roar semi final

STATS SUGGEST IT'S INCREDIBLY EVEN

Here are some of the key stats across the three games, showing just how even the contests have been.

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Goals

Victory: 4

Roar: 4

Melbourne Victory's dynamic attacking duo Besart Berisha and Marco Rojas.

Attempts on goal

Victory: 33

Roar: 32

Passes

Victory: 1318

Roar: 1309

Yellow cards

Victory: 7

Roar: 7

Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Michael Theo was sent off in his side's loss to Adelaide United on Sunday.

Red cards

Victory: 1

Roar: 1

NEVER WRITE ROAR OFF!

We should know this by now.

Brisbane and Victory met in the very first game of the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League season at Suncorp Stadium.

After a goal-less 66 minutes, Matt McKay was sent off for a second yellow card.

Matt McKay

Victory new-boy Mitch Austin looked to have sealed all three points for the visitors before Luke DeVere rescued his side a point with practically the last kick of the match.

See the game and read the report here

DON’T GIVE VICTORY A HEADSTART

In round 15 at AAMI Park, it was Victory this time who were reduced to ten men.

Besart Berisha was given his marching orders after an altercation with Luke DeVere 15 minutes into the second half.

The red card was later rescinded, but Victory still had to play one-third of the match with ten men.

All the scoring in this five-goal thriller came in the first half.

James Troisi played a starring role in Melbourne Victory's 2-1 win over Adelaide United.

The hosts raced to a 3-0 lead inside 28 minutes with James Troisi, Marco Rojas and Berisha all scoring.

Dimi Petratos smashed in a thirty-yard free-kick for one of the goals of the season to pull one back for Roar.

Then Victory’s former Brisbane defender James Donachie turned a cross into his own net to further reduce the deficit.

See the game and read the report here

ONE MAGIC MOMENT COULD SEAL IT

A month ago in Brisbane, a tense encounter at Suncorp was settled by a moment of inspiration.

With the scores locked at 0-0, Jamie Maclaren stole between two Victory defenders before unleashing a vicious dipping volley over a helpless Lawrence Thomas.

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Victory were without star attacking trio Besart Berisha, Marco Rojas and James Troisi through international duty, and were unable to fashion an equaliser.