James Donachie of the Melbourne Victory.
James Donachie of the Melbourne Victory. TRACEY NEARMY

Travel could be a Thai-breaker, says Donachie

FOOTBALL: Former Roar defender James Donachie says the Melbourne Victory will be hoping to cash in on a tired Brisbane side when the two clash in the A-League semi-finals on Sunday.

Although the Roar will rest a few players for tonight's Asian Champions League match against Muangthong United in Thailand, Donachie said those who did travel would find it hard to back up on the weekend.

"I've played ACL before, I know what it's like," Donachie said.

"It's a lot of long flights.

"They've got the game Wednesday, so we'll have a better idea who they take over and who they're going to rest.

"But it's a good advantage."

Last season Donachie helped the Roar knock the Victory out in week one of the playoffs but now he is hoping to turn the tables, especially with his former teammates giving him plenty before Sunday's game.

"Definitely a bit of banter flying around, started as soon as they won (against Wanderers)," he told melbournevictory.com.au.

"If I can do them over in this final, I'm probably going to be one of the happiest players on the park.

"We've got something to achieve. We've got something to go out there and win.

"If we didn't have motivation for this game we'd been in a lot of strife - but everyone does."