BRISBANE ROAR V MELBOURNE VICTORY Friday night, Suncorp Stadium

What a cracking game to get things underway in the opening round of the A-League.

Brisbane host Melbourne at Suncorp and there are a few storylines that can be told heading into this one including another return by former Roar golden boy, Besart Berisha.

Although he is now into his third season in Melbourne it is still an alluring prospect to see how the Roar fans treat their one-time idol.

Arguably the biggest talking point from a Brisbane perspective has been in the back office, with ownership rumblings and money issues threatening to undo all the good work from last season.

BAD TASTE
Coach Kevin Muscat won't have forgotten the last time he took his team to Suncorp in a hurry. It was last year's semis and the Roar produced a sucker-punch at the end to eliminate the then defending champions.

It was a disappointing end to their title defence with Muscat having made some significance signings in the off season in order to lift his side's fortunes.

BROTHERLY LOVE
John Aloisi began his tenure at Brisbane on shaky ground but come the end of the regular season he had a team in-form heading to the semis.

They made it through to the Preliminary Final and went down in a 4-3 thriller against the Wanderers which ended their campaign.

Can Aloisi, along with brother Ross, give the players a positive mindset once more and ignore all the off field distractions?

TALENT COMINGS AND GOINGS
The Victory welcome two big names to their team this season - Marco Rojas and James Troisi. They are penetrative players and will definitely give Melbourne more spark in attack. The big question is how they deal with the loss of Kosta Barbarouses.

As for Brisbane they have Socceroo Brett Holman joining the team in what it is their biggest signing heading into the year.

HOW IT PANS OUT
For the most part Melbourne has had the measure of Brisbane but that hasn't been the case lately.

The Roar has won two of their last three against their opponents with the other match ending in a 0-0 draw.

Although it is the only the opening game expect to see plenty of goals as these sides have averaged 2.6 goals per game in their last six clashes.

THE VERDICT
Brisbane are rated legitimate premiership contenders and finished off last season in strong fashion. With the addition of Holman and a vocal home crowd giving them strength, we are tipping a hometown win.
BRISBANE ROAR - 1pt @ 2.40