Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar: match preview
Brisbane Roar are the next team looking to halt the Sydney FC juggernaut when the two sides clash in the opening game of Round 17 on Friday night.
The Sky Blues’ seemingly relentless charge towards the Premiership shows no signs of slowing down as they swept aside Melbourne Victory 3-0 in the Big Blue last weekend.
The emphatic result – coupled with a draw between Melbourne City and Perth Glory – means Steve Corica’s men have a 10-point lead at the top of the ladder.
And they have an excellent recent record against Roar, winning five of the last seven meetings between the two clubs, including a 5-1 drubbing earlier this season.
But Robbie Fowler’s Roar have hit form of late, unbeaten in their last five after their late 1-0 win over Central Coast Mariners in Round 16.
Can they keep that unbeaten run going by pulling off a big upset in Kogarah on Friday night?
Friday, 31 January 2020
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadim
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Sydney FC squad: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 2.Patrick FLOTTMANN, 4.Alex WILKINSON (c), 6.Ryan McGOWAN, 8. Paulo RETRE, 9. Adam LE FONDRE, 10. Milos NINKOVIC, 11. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR, 16.Joel KING, 17.Anthony CACERES, 18.Luke IVANOVIC, 20. Thomas HEWARD-BELLE, 21.Harry VAN DER SAAG, 23.Rhyan GRANT, 24.Marco TILIO, 26.Luke BRATTAN, 27.Jordi SWIBEL, 28.Calem NIEUWENHOF, 29. Anton MLINARIC. **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 12.Trent BUHAGIAR (return from international duty), 20. Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (gk) (return from injury), 24.Marco TILIO (promoted), 27.Jordi SWIBEL (promoted), 28.Calem NIEUWENHOF (promoted), 29. Anton MLINARIC (promoted)
Outs: 5.Alex BAUMJOHANN (suspended – 2 matches), 30.Adam PAVLESIC (gk) (return to NYL squad)
Unavailable: 3.Ben WARLAND (ACL), 7. Michael ZULLO (calf), 19.Chris ZUVELA (knee)
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, 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, 28.Izaack POWELL, 30.Mirza MURATOVIC, 77.Scott MCDONALD **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 12.Aiden O’NEILL (returns from international duty), 27.Kai TREWIN ( promoted), 28.Izaack POWELL (promoted)
Unavailable: 29.Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS (knee – TBC)
Did you know?
- Sydney FC have won each of their last two Hyundai A-League matches against Brisbane Roar; however, they have never won more in succession against them.
- Brisbane Roar are undefeated in their last five Hyundai A-League matches (W3, D2), the last time they went on a longer unbeaten run was a 10-match stretch (W5, D5) from October-December 2016.
- Roar have averaged 531 passes per game this Hyundai A-League season, the most of any side and 50 more than Sydney FC (481 per game).
- Sky Blues striker Adam Le Fondre has scored 12 first half goals in the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season, the most of any player and the only one to have scored 10+ so far.