Match Preview: Brisbane Roar vs. Wellington Phoenix

Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Local kick-off:
4:00pm (5:00pm AEDT)

Referee: Jarred Gillett / AR1: Brad Hobson / AR2: Ashley Beecham /4th Official: Adam Kersey

TV Broadcast: Fox Sports 1
Radio broadcaster: 1035AM The Radio Network Wellington

Head-to-Head: All matches (played 12): Brisbane Roar wins 8, Wellington Phoenix wins 1 (3 draws)

Brisbane Roar: 1. Michael Theoklitos (gk), 2. Matt Smith (c), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 4. Matt Jurman, 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Erik Paaratlu, 7. Besart Berisha, 8. Massimo Murdocca, 9. Kofi Danning, 10. Henrique, 11. Issey Nakajima-Farran, 16. Mohamed Adnan, 18. Luke Brattan, 20. Andrew Redmayne, 21. James Meyer, 22. Thomas Broich *one to be omitted*

In: James Meyer (promoted), Kofi Danning (promoted)
Out: 17. Mitch Nichols (International duty)
Unavailable: 12. Matt Mundy (knee injury – 1 week)

Wellington Phoenix: 1. Mark Paston (GK), 2. Manny Muscat, 3. Tony Lochhead, 4. Brent Griffiths, 6. Tim Brown, 7. Leo Bertos, 9. Chris Greenacre, 11. Daniel, 12. Nicky Ward, 13. Niko Tsattalios, 15. Cameron Lindsay, 18. Ben Sigmund, 20, Tony Warner (GK), 21. Dani Sanchez, 22. Andrew Durante (C), 24, Alex Smith *one to be omitted*

In: Ben Sigmund (from suspension)
Unavailable: Lucas Pantelis (knee injury – indefinite), Mirjan Pavlovic (broken arm – 4 weeks), Vince Lia (knee injury –3 weeks), Paul Ifill (groin injury – 2 weeks), Jimmy Downey (knee injury – indefinite)


Likely Squads:

Subs (Brisbane): Redmayne, Adnan, Brattan, Danning

Omitted: Meyer (played nyl today)


Subs (Wellington): Warner, Lindsay, Smith, Tsattalious

Omitted: Griffiths


Season form:

Brisbane: WWWWD

Wellington: DWLLL


Alltime record vs Wellington:

All matches (played 12): Brisbane Roar wins 8, Wellington Phoenix wins 1 (3 draws)


At Suncorp Stadium:

Played 6: Won 5, Drawn 1, Lost 0. Goals for 14, Goals against 5.


Keys to the game:


I say this every week, but the key for the Roar is to play their normal short passing game and if they do thay then they should be fine for this game against an understrength Wellington side missing key players like Paul Ifill and Lucas Pantelis. Mitch Nichols will no doubt be a loss, but with Issey Nakajima-Farran coming in they shouldnt lose too much, plus they have to get use to it with all his international commitments coming up.



For Wellington obviously their 1st task will be to stop the Roar playing to the best of their abilitiy, and then from their they will need to try and get some goo possession if possible. The best way for them to hurt us imo is for them to be direct and use the strength of Chris Greenacre and the pace from the wide areas. For some reason I suspect they will play a 4-5-1 tommrow and to try and be compact and make it tough for the Roar, but I could be wrong.


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