A real battle of styles at Suncorp on Saturday night with Roar’s attack-at-all-costs philosophy trying to breach Glory’s rock-solid defensive wall. Which one will prevail?
Saturday, 2 January 2016
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-Off: 4:15 PM (Local) (5:15 PM (AEDT))
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 5.00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 1 (New Zealand)
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Brisbane Roar FC squad: 3. Shane STEFANUTTO, 5. Corey BROWN, 7. CORONA, 9. Jamie MACLAREN, 10. HENRIQUE, 11. Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 13. Jade NORTH, 14. Daniel BOWLES, 15. James DONACHIE, 16. Devante CLUT, 17. Matt McKAY (c), 18. Javier HERVAS, 19. Jack HINGERT, 21. Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Dimitri PETRATOS, 28. Brandon BORRELLO, 36. Andre JANNESE (gk)
**two to be omitted**.
Ins: 5. Corey BROWN (promoted), 16. Devante CLUT (promoted)
Unavailable: 8. Steven LUSTICA (abdominal strain, 1 week)
Perth Glory squad: 1.Ante COVIC (gk), 2. Alex GRANT, 3.Marc WARREN, 5.Antony GOLEC, 7, Gyorgy SANDOR, 11.Richard GARCIA (c), 12.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 13.Diogo FERREIRA, 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Hagi GLIGOR, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18.Mitch OXBORROW, 19.Josh RISDON, 23.Michael THWAITE, 24.Jamal REINERS, 25. Jacob COLLARD, 28. Joe KNOWLES, 29. Aryn WILLIAMS.
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 14. Jacob COLLARD, 28. Joe KNOWLES
Outs: 10. Nebojsa MARINKOVIC (hamstring 1-week)
Unavailable: 6.Dino DJULBIC (ankle - 4 weeks),8.Ruben ZADKOVICH (knee – indefinite) 16. Sidnei SCIOLA (hamstring- 1 week) 20.Guyon FERNANDEZ (hamstring- indefinite)
Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Schhetinin
Fourth Official: Peter Green
It’s been less than two months since Perth travelled to Brisbane to face the Roar but Kenny Lowe’s head there in far better shape than when they went down 1-0 in round 6.
Glory has saved their season over the last few weeks, picking up eight points from a possible 12 including a hard-earned 1-1 draw with champions Melbourne Victory last Sunday.
The visitors should pose a stern test for John Aloisi’s rampant, who have won three games in a row to sit comfortably in second spot.
Perth will again set-up to stifle Brisbane’s attacking weapons but they have more threat of their own going forward now.
Import Diego Castro is starting to live up to the pre-season hype, while in Chris Hard and Jamal Reiners they have pace to burn on the counter.
Roar overcame the free-scoring Melbourne City 3-1 in their last outing and have turned Suncorp Stadium into a fortress again.
Six games without defeat on their home patch is their best run in almost two years and they will fancy their chances of maintaining that streak with another big performance in this one.
There’s likely to be no changes to the Roar side that took care of City, although youngsters Corey Brown and Devante Clut have been added to an extended squad.
Nebojsa Marinkovic is out for Glory with a hamstring problem.
- Brisbane Roar has won four and drawn three of their last eight matches against Perth Glory in the Hyundai A-League.
- Perth has managed just two wins from 16 games against Roar in Brisbane.
- Roar is undefeated in their last six home fixtures, their longest streak in the Hyundai A-League since they went nine matches without loss across 2013 and 2014.
- Glory have averaged a Hyundai A-League-low 217 successful passes per game in season 2015-16 so far.
ROUTE TO GOAL
This marks the last game for at least two weeks that Roar will be without their two gun Olyroo attackers Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Borrello.
The pair have been key figures in the sides success so far in 2015/16, with their combination (11 goals between them) accounting for more than half of Roar’s 20 goals.
So expect one more big performance from the dynamic duo before the set-off to help the Olyroos qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Perth will have their hands full trying to deal with the pace and movement of the pair but they aren’t Roar’s only threats.
Thomas Broich is growing into the season with each game while livewire Henrique scored the winner the last time these two sides met.
Glory’s main threat is likely to come from set pieces, with four of their last six goals coming from dead-ball situations.
They are likely to sit back and play on the break, bringing into play the pace of Harold and Reiners on the counter attack.
Harold in particular has got into some great scoring opportunities this season but his finishing has been found wanting. If he finds some composure in front of goal, Glory could be on a winner.
And Castro has been threatening to explode for a few weeks now expect the likes of Corona and Matt McKay to keep a close eye on him throughout the 90 minutes.
WHO’S BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK?
Diego Castro. Are we about to see the best of Glory’s chief import? Has looked sensational the last few games, making the A-League’s Team of the Week for Round 12.
Brisbane Roar 2-1 Perth Glory