Hyundai A-League preview: Roar v Glory
Brisbane Roar will be aiming to pile on the disappointment against Perth Glory when the beaten Westfield FFA Cup finalists make the long trip to Queensland's capital for Sunday's clash.
Sunday, 15 November 2015
Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-Off: 4:00 PM (Local) (5:00 PM (AEDT))
Referee: Shaun Evans
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Shchetinin
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Lindsay
Fourth Official: Alex King
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 5.00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
Radio Broadcast: Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live
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To purchase tickets visit www.aleague.com.au/tickets
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 3.Shane STEFANUTTO, 7.CORONA, 8.Steven LUSTICA, 10.HENRIQUE, 13.Jade NORTH, 14.Daniel BOWLES, 15.James DONACHIE, 16.Devante CLUT, 19.Jack HINGERT, 20.Shannon BRADY 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Dimitri PETRATOS, 26.Nick D'AGOSTINO, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 36.Andre JANNESE (gk).
Ins: 10.HENRIQUE (return from injury), 15.James DONACHIE (return from injury), 26.Nick D'AGOSTINO (promoted),
Outs: 5.Corey BROWN (international duty), 9.Jamie MACLAREN (international duty), 17.Matt McKAY (international duty)
Unavailable: 1.Michael THEO (gk) (quad strain - 1 week), 12.Jean Carlos SOLORZANO (hamstring – 3 to 4 weeks), 33.Luke DE VERE (quad – 4 to 5 weeks).
Perth Glory squad: 1.Ante COVIC (gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Marc WARREN, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Gyorgy SANDOR, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 11.Richard GARCIA (c), 12.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 13.Diogo FERREIRA, 15.Hagi GLIGOR, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA, 17.Diego CASTRO, 20.Guyon FERNANDEZ, 23.Michael THWAITE, 24.Jamal REINERS, 26.Stefan VALENTINI, 29.Aryn WILLIAMS
**Two to be omitted**
Ins: 7.Gyorgy SANDOR (promoted), 17.Diego CASTRO (promoted), 26. Stefan VALENTINI (promoted)
Outs: 19. Josh RISDON ( International duty – 1 week)
Unavailable: 8. Ruben ZADKOVICH (knee – indefinite), 14.Chris HAROLD (hamstring – 1 week), 18.Mitch OXBORROW (foot – 1 week)
Albeit not entirely untouchable, Roar have been hugely impressive in their two home outings to date.
An early benchmark has been set in comfortable victories over Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United respectively.
Coach John Aloisi will be keen for those free-flowing standards to remain intact after an underwhelming 0-0 draw away to Sydney FC.
Perth have little option but to quickly shed the frustration of a second straight Westfield FFA Cup Final loss given they already sit seven points shy of Sunday’s opponents.
One solitary win from four Hyundai A-League fixtures is an indication that Kenny Lowe must extract something extra from his squad to begin challenging the likes of the competition’s second-placed side.
- Brisbane have only ever lost two home games against Perth – including Finals Series matches – scoring 32 goals.
- Dino Djulbic has netted in both of his previous two encounters against Brisbane for the Glory. However, they could only draw on both occasions.
- The Roar have won each of their last three home league games, scoring two or more in each game.
ROUTE TO GOAL
Brisbane need to find a replacement centre-forward for the first time this season with star striker Jamie Maclaren absent due to Olyroos duty.
While Maclaren misses out on the chance to face his former club, it could create an opportunity for fellow youth international Nick D’Agostino to make his Hyundai A-League debut.
Dimitri Petratos has also been flagged for a potential move up top to join the in-form Brandon Borrello, whose four goals will see him shoulder heightened expectation.
Visiting teams have not been without their chances to halt the momentum of John Alosi’s side at Suncorp Stadium.
Adelaide’s ability to regularly exploit space through Roar’s right side should be of particular interest to the likes of Glory wide-men Sidnei Sciola and Chris Harold.
The possible return of Gyorgy Sandor – named in an extended squad – would be a major boost for Kenny Lowe as the Hungarian leads an even spread of goalscorers.
WHO’S BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK?
Diogo Ferreira has started the past three matches for Perth in all competitions and could do likewise on his return to Brisbane, where he spent one double-winning season.
The 26-year-old will have an important part to play in stifling his old side’s midfield as he seeks to cement a spot in Glory’s engine room.
Brisbane Roar: WWLWD
Perth Glory: LLWL
Brisbane Roar 2-1 Perth Glory