Broich vows to score against old mate Franjic

Star German Thomas Broich has vowed to end his goal-drought as Brisbane Roar brace for the visit of in-form Melbourne City on Sunday.

Broich has been in excellent form for second-placed Roar but has yet to open his account for the campaign.

The 34-year-old has had to settle for setting up his team-mates, assisting in five goals for the season, including Dimitri Petratos’ winner against the Mariners last weekend.

Roar star predicts Suncorp sizzler on Sunday

While the three points every week is enough for Broich, he hopes Santa has a few goals for him in his Christmas stocking for the rest of the season.

"It's nice to get all these assists, but I'd love to score," Broich told reporters on Wednesday.

Thomas Broich on the ball against Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium in Round 6.

"It's not for lack of trying, trust me.

"I'm getting into decent positions lately…I think goals are going to come."

And he’d love nothing more than to break his duck against the high-flying City and former team-mate Ivan Franjic.

The pair were involved in a couple of heavy challenges when the two sides met earlier this season and Broich is expecting a few more “mind games” heading into the Suncorp Stadium encounter

Especially as the pair know each other’s game so well.

"After training [when Franjic was at the Roar] we did one-on-one sessions for me to run at a player and for him to get used to defending," Broich explained.
"Now we are not in the same team any more. Everyone knows what the other is trying to do.

“It's going to be mind games, as well, it's going to be interesting."

Broich is tipping an end-to-end contest on Sunday and no repeat of the dour 1-1 draw when the sides played in November.

On that occasion Roar boss accused City of playing “anti-football” and spoiling the quality of the match.

But City have won four matches on the trot, scoring 16 goals in the process, leaving Broich to predict a more open clash this time around.

"You've got to understand that back then they weren't in the position they are now," he said.

"They [City] needed points more than anything. Now it's a whole different story, it's a team full of confidence.

"They play free-flowing football now, so that's a thing of the past and I don't expect a game similar to last time.

"I expect a game of tennis - they attack, we attack. It should be entertaining to watch."

Roar has been dealt a blow with midfielder Steven Lustica ruled out for at least a week with an abdominal injury.

Striker Jamie Maclaren, who came off with an ankle injury last weekend, is expected to be right to line-up against City.