Melbourne City v Brisbane Roar: match preview
Brisbane Roar have the chance to close within one point of Melbourne City when the two sides clash at AAMI Park on Sunday evening.
Roar’s mid-season resurgence shows no signs of slowing down, having lost just once in the last nine matches to sit comfortably inside the top six.
Their 1-1 draw against Premiers Perth Glory proves Robbie Fowler’s troops are a genuine force, especially if they can fix the starts to matches.
City boss Erick Mombaerts will have been hoping to use the bye to get his stuttering side out of their mini rut.
Looking like the biggest challengers to Sydney FC’s Premiership charge a little over a month ago, a run of one win in four games has ended that hope.
City will have to steady the ship quickly if they want to secure a top four spot, let alone a crucial position in the top two.
There’s has been 11 goals scored in the two previous meetings between the two clubs this season so expect an entertaining affair at AAMI.
Sunday, 1 March 2020
Kick-off: 6.30pm AEDT
Venue: AAMI Park
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Tom GLOVER (gk), 2.Scott GALLOWAY, 3.Scott JAMIESON (c), 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Florin BERENGUER 11.Craig NOONE, 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON, 14.Markel SUSAETA, 17.Denis GENREAU, 19.Lachlan WALES, 20.Adrian LUNA, 21.Ramy NAJJARINE, 22.Curtis GOOD, 23.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 30.Moudi NAJJAR, 36.Kerrin STOKES, 34.Connor METCALFE, 49.Stefan COLAKOVSKI
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 4.Harrison DELBRIDGE (returns from suspension), 36.Kerrin STOKES (promoted)
Unavailable: 5.Jack HENDRY (knee), 40.Richard WINDBICHLER (hamstring)
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1.Max CROCOMBE (gk), 2.Scott NEVILLE, 3.Corey BROWN, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 5.Tom ALDRED (c), 6.Macaulay GILLESPHEY, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 10.Bradden INMAN, 12.Aiden O’NEILL, 15.Aaron REARDON, 19.Jack HINGERT, 20.Aaron AMADI-HOLLOWAY, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Jake MCGING, 23.Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, 25.Rahmat AKBARI, 26.Jay O’SHEA, 27.Kai TREWIN, 30.Mirza MURATOVIC, 77.Scott MCDONALD
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 22.Jake MCGING (promoted), 27.Kai TREWIN (promoted)
Unavailable: 29.Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS (knee – tbc)
Did you know?
- There have been 16 goals scored in the last three Hyundai A-League meetings between Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar, each team picking up one win and a draw in that set.
- Roar won their first ever meeting with Melbourne City at AAMI Park in the Hyundai A-League back in November 2010 (2-1) but have been winless in 13 such fixtures since (D3, L10).
- City’s Craig Noone has made 99 crosses from open play this Hyundai A-League season, the most of any player. Only Central Coast Mariners’ Tommy Oar (25) has made more successful crosses from open play this season than Noone (19).
- Robbie Fowler’s side have won three of their last four Hyundai A-League away games (L1), more than they had won in their 24 games away from home prior (W2, D7, L15).