Match Preview- Sydney FC vs. Brisbane Roar FC: A-League

Sydney FC vs. Brisbane Roar
Sunday, 4 December 2011
WIN Jubilee Kogarah
Local Kick Off: 5:00pm
Referee: Peter Green / Assistant Ref 1: Rod Allen / Assistant Ref 2: Lance Greenshields / 4th Official: Matthew Cropper

TV Broadcast: Fox Sports 1
Radio broadcaster: 774 ABC Melbourne / 1116 SEN Melbourne / 88.6 Plenty Valley FM Melbourne

Head-to-Head: All matches (played 21): Sydney FC wins 5, Brisbane Roar wins 8 (8 draws)

Sydney FC squad: 1. Liam Reddy (gk), 2. Sebastian Ryall, 3. Jamie Coyne, 4. Pascal Bosschaart, 5. Michael Beauchamp, 7. Brett Emerton, 8. Karol Kisel, 9. Bruno Cazarine, 10. Nick Carle, 11. Dimitri Petratos, 12. Shannon Cole, 15. Terry McFlynn (c), 17. Terry Antonis, 18. Juho Makela, 19. Mark Bridge, 20. Ivan Necevski (gk), 23. Rhyan Grant *two to be omitted*

Ins: Dimitri Petratos (returns from international duty), Sebastian Ryall (returns from international duty), Rhyan Grant (returns from international duty)
Outs: Scott Jamieson (suspended), Hirofumi Moriyasu.
Unavailable N/A

Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Michael Theoklitos (gk), 2. Matt Smith (c), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 4. Matt Jurman, 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Erik Paartalu, 7. Besart Berisha, 8. Massimo Murdocca, 9. Kofi Danning, 10. Henrique, 11. Issey Nakajima-Farran, 16. Mohamed Adnan, 17. Mitch Nichols, 18. Luke Brattan, 19. Jack Hingert, 21. James Meyer, 22. Thomas Broich, 30. Matt Acton (GK). *three to be omitted*

In: 9. Kofi Danning (Returns from international duty), 4. Matt Jurman (Returns from international duty), 17. Mitch Nichols (Returns from international duty)
Out: Nil
Unavailable: N/A


Likely starting line-ups:



Brisbane substitutes: Acton, Jurman, Nichols, Meyer

Omitted: Danning, Brattan, Hingert


Sydney substitutes: Necevski, Ryall, Petratos, Makela

Omitted: Antonis (rested), Bridge (injuired) 


Both sides have some decisions to make at the selection table with the return of key players via the Olyroos plus some injuries and suspensions so it will be interesting to see how it all pans out tactically.


Starting with Brisbane and Ange’s big decision is surrounding the returning Olyroos trio and which of the three to include. For mine I wouldn’t change last weeks team if it can be avoided so Nichols and Jurman will have to make do with a bench spot. For mine Meyer has done enough to hold his spot thou, so Danning will have to make do with a youth team spot for now, with Brattan and Hingert joining him. If Broich cannot play- and we’ll hear more later day, possibly before I post this- then I expect Nichols to come into the XI in his place with Danning to get the late call up into the XV. In fact because Broich is in doubt it wouldn’t surprise me if Brattan and Danning don’t play youth tomorrow to keep Sydney guessing a bit.


For Sydney they also have some players returning from junior national team duties with Sebastian Ryall and Dimitri Petratos available for selection once again. However it has been reported that young gun Terry Antonis will be rested this week and that Mark Bridge is unfit for selection –surely Cazarine will play upfront- so Sydney’s match day XV is set, unless Lavicka makes a late change and calls Moriyasu into the team. Sydney also has to fill the left back hole with Scott Jamieson suspended and I would expect Shannon Cole to fill that role. While he plays on the right mostly, he is a left footer so it shouldn’t be an issue.


Season form:

Brisbane: WWWWDDWW



Season record vs. Sydney FC:

Round 2: Sydney FC 0-2 Brisbane Roar FC (Berisha 43’, Broich 72’)


Top scorers:

Brisbane: Besart Berisha (9)

Sydney: Nick Carle (4)


All-time record against Sydney FC:

Played 21: Won 8, Drawn 8, Lost 5. Goals for: 20. Goals against: 17.


At WIN Jubilee Kogarah:

First meeting at the venue.


All-time record in Sydney:

Played 11: Won 2, Drawn 6, Lost 3. Goals for: 8. Goals against: 10.


Keys to the game:

Brisbane: Brisbane firstly need to officially sort out this Thomas Broich situation and it sounds as if that will happen tomorrow morning over at Ballymore before they fly out to Sydney so anyone heading over to training, or flying to Sydney tomorrow keep an eye out and see if the German is in the travelling party. It seems like I say this every week, but it is true: for the actual game Brisbane really just need to be themselves once again and they showed they were getting towards that last weekend following some recent blips on the radar. Idk if the record was playing on their minds or if they were just going through a difficult patch although I suspect it was the former, either way more of the same as last week please.


Sydney: For about 55/60 minutes Sydney matched it with Brisbane in round two, but they ran out of steam and got overrun in the final half an hour, so firstly the coaching staff need to assess how fit they are now, and if they are able to play that way for the full 90 this time. Because as we have seen its no good doing that for 60 or even 70 minutes against Brisbane, because they will just overrun you in the end- the Newcastle game is a great example of this. If they can do that for the full game they have a shot at getting the result, if not then for mine they should probably be more selective at when they pressure Brisbane high up. From their Sydney also need to gain some meaningful possession of the ball and keep it allowing themselves to recover from their exertions, but also keep one eye on swift counter attacking opportunities which have been proven to be the best method to dismantling the Roar. Not an easy task.



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