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Brisbane in box seat for A-League title

NZN 3/04/2016 Vince Rugari

Brisbane are in the box seat to win the A-League Premiers Plate after a thrilling comeback win over Newcastle and a capitulation in the west from Melbourne City.

After weeks of ladder jostling with no real dominant team emerging, the title picture is now as clear as can be - if the Roar defeat Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Saturday night, they will finish top.

They have Perth Glory to thank, with their 3-2 win on Sunday night at nib Stadium leaving City's charge for a maiden piece of A-League silverware in tatters.

The scoreboard perhaps flattered the Melbourne side, who were three goals down in front of nearly 15,000 fans before Bruno Fornaroli and Marc Marino found the back of the net late to close the margin.

Andy Keogh opened the rout for Perth, setting a new A-League record after scoring in eight consecutive games, while midfielder Gyorgy Sandor and the inspired Diego Castro provided the others on a seminal day for the Glory.

Less than 12 months ago they were reeling from their salary cap scandal - now they are in the hunt for a potential home final.

But all eyes will be on the Roar, who were also in dire straits this time last year due to financial problems that crippled their owners, Indonesian conglomerate the Bakrie Group.

And the football gods are now seemingly on their side, as Victory will likely field a depleted side on Saturday.

Besart Berisha is suspended after his red card in Victory's 4-1 win over Wellington, while coach Kevin Muscat is expected to rest a host of players given their trip to face South Korean side Suwon Samsung Bluewings in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday night.

"I'm not sure who Musky's going to rest," Brisbane coach John Aloisi said.

"(But) it's always easier when one of the leading goalscorers is not playing.

"I wouldn't say easier - I'd say it's good for us Berisha's not playing.

"It's still going to be a hard game but we're confident if we play at our best we can win."

Brisbane's destiny is in their own hands but Adelaide United, Western Sydney and City are all still in with a shot of finishing top if the Roar slip up.

The Reds, who beat Sydney FC 2-0 on Saturday, lock horns with City at AAMI Park on Friday night.

The Wanderers, meanwhile, smashed Central Coast Mariners 4-1 on Friday night and will face the Phoenix away on Sunday afternoon.

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