Melbourne Victory also had the week off after finishing in second place and will be in a confident mood after their 1-0 win over the Mariners in the final round of the regular season.
When: 16:07 | Sunday 30/04/2017
Where: AAMI Park
Watch: Fox Sports
Having been down on form lately, the Central Coast game gave Kevin Muscat’s side a chance to build momentum and confidence for the finals and that’s exactly what they did.
Roar advanced to the semi-finals after a thrilling penalty shootout win over the Wanderers.
After weathering an early first half onslaught, Brisbane came back into the match in the second half, which sent the match into extra time and then penalties.
The big question will be just how much did that game take out of them?
And when you take into account their midweek Champions League trip to Thailand to face Muang Thong United on Wednesday night, the task becomes even tougher.
KEY BATTLE: Besart Berisha v Jamie Maclaren
This is the battle of the top scorers with both players finishing the regular season on top on 19 goals.
Berisha scored against the Mariners in round 27 and you could see the relief on his face while Maclaren has been a constant threat and scored another against the Wanderers in their Elimination Final win.
Victory have the benefit of playing at home which is a huge advantage considering the three games played between the sides this season ended with a home win apiece, while the other resulted in a draw.
Melbourne Victory at $1.85
Draw at $3.85
Brisbane at $4.15
Tip: Melbourne Victory at $1.85
Value Bet: First Goalscorer: G Howard at $8.50
Correct Score: Melbourne Victory 3-1 at $12.00
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