Coach Grant Brebner says injury-hit Melbourne Victory must build on their hard-fought draw against Central Coast in their A-League clash with Sydney FC.

Last-placed Victory took the lead against the league-leading Mariners and held on for a much-needed draw last Saturday.

"It's a platform, it's a positive of course ... there's a lot of positives we've got to take from it but I'm not getting carried away, I'm not getting excited," Brebner said.

"It's something the players should use now.

"We saw some desperate defending, we saw some qualities that maybe in previous games had been a little bit more open.

"So we can look at that, we can build on that but ultimately we're in the winning games business and we need to keep winning games."

Victory's season has been marred by injury and they will have to face Sydney at AAMI Park on Sunday without plenty of regular starters.

Marco Rojas (broken leg) is still unavailable, while Rudy Gestede (knee) and skipper Leigh Broxham are back training but unlikely to feature.

Brebner said Ryan Shotton "hadn't pulled up too well" with a sore knee after coming off the bench against Central Coast, but Adama Traore, Storm Roux and Aaron Anderson are fit.

Sydney currently sit sixth but Brebner was wary of the reigning champions.

"We know that they've got a strong group of players, they've got massive continuity, they know how to play together and they know how to get results," Brebner said.

"So we can say that they're not in their usual Sydney form of being top of the league but considering the players they have, they're going to be a huge threat and certainly one we can't take lightly."


* Sydney have won 12 of their past 15 games against Victory including their past five on the bounce

* Sydney are winless in their past four A-League away games (D2, L2)

* Victory have lost just one of their past four games at AAMI Park (W2, D1)