Match Report: Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne Heart- A-League.

Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Heart
Friday, 9 December 2011
Venue:
Suncorp Stadium
Local Kick Off: 7:00 pm
Referee: Kris Griffiths Jones

Head-to-Head: All matches (played 3): Brisbane Roar wins 3, Melbourne Heart wins 0 (0
draws)

Brisbane Roar Squad: 1. Michael Theoklitos (GK), 2. Matt Smith (Capt.), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 4. Matt Jurman , 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Erik Paaratlu, 7. Besart Berisha, 8. Massimo Murdocca, 9. Kofi Danning, 11. Issey Nakajima-Farran, 14. Rocky Visconte, 16. Mohamed Adnan, 17. Mitch Nichols, 18. Luke Brattan, 19. Jack Hingert, 22. Thomas Broich, 30. Matt Acton (GK). *two to be omitted*

In: 9. Kofi Danning (promoted), 14. Rocky Visconte (promoted), 19. Jack Hingert (promoted), 22. Thomas Broich (returns from heel injury)

Out: 21. James Meyer (adductor injury – 1 week), 10. Henrique (impact injury)

Unavailable: Nil

Melbourne Heart Squad: 1.Clint Bolton (gk), 2.Michael Marrone, 3.Brendan Hamill, 5.Fred, 6.Matt Thompson, 7.Rutger Worm, 9.Maycon, 10.Wayne Srhoj, 11.Alex Terra. 13.Jonatan Germano, 15.David Williams, 16.Aziz Behich, 17.Jason Hoffman, 18.Curtis Good, 19.Eli Babalj, 23.Mate Dugandzic, 25.Adrian Madaschi, 30.Sebastian Mattei (gk)
*three to be omitted*

In: Wayne Srhoj (returns from suspension), Alex Terra (returns from injury), David Williams (promoted)
Out: Nil
Unavailable: Nick Kalmar (back – four weeks), Kliment Taseski (fractured foot – long term)

 

Team News:

Substitutes:

Brisbane: Acton, Adnan, Brattan Danning/Visconte

Omitted: Hingert, one of Broich/Visconte/Danning

 

Melbourne H: Mattei, Good, Hoffman, Maycon

Omitted: Srhoj, Terra, Williams

 

Brisbane are once again sweating on the availability of Thomas Broich who is still struggling with that ankle injury, but this week they are also without the injured duo of Henrique and James Meyer. This raises some questions over who will play but at least Ange can rest easy knowing he has Kofi Danning and Rocky Visconte ready to go. My guess on how they will line up goes like this.

 – If Broich is fit, he will start on the left side, with Danning on the bench ahead of Visconte due to his ability to play all across the front three.

– If Broich is declared unfit then I believe that it will be Visconte who comes into the starting side on the left of the attack ahead of Danning for two reasons: 1) he is a natural in that position only whereas Danning offers more from a bench position in terms of positioning and impact and 2) Visconte showed good form last week scoring a brace in the NYL.

 

Melbourne Heart’s team news is surprisingly easy as today coach John Van’t Schip decided to name an unchanged 15 from the team that beat Wellington 1-0 down in Morwell. The Heart coach decided against bringing back Williams and Terra and opting to stick with Maycon and Hoffman.

 “The squad is the same as last week, and the starting line will probably be the same,” Van’t Schip said.

 

Season form:

Brisbane: WWWWDDWWL

Melbourne H: LLDDDWWLW

 

Top scorers:

Brisbane: Besart Berisha (9)

Melbourne H: Mate Dugandzic (4)

 

All-time record against Melbourne Heart:

Played 3: Won3 , Drawn 0 , Lost 0 . Goals for 8 : . Goals against: 1.

 

At Suncorp Stadium:

Played 1: Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 0. Goals for 4: Goals against 0.

 

Keys to the game:

Brisbane:

It will be quiet interesting to see how Brisbane bounces back from that disappointing defeat in Sydney last weekend, but they should take confidence from the fact they are 23 games unbeaten on their home turf -21 to be pedantic since two were at Skilled Park-. However it is only a short week going from Sunday to Friday –Heart have same issue here- and they are also missing at least two, possibly three key attacking players if Broich is ruled out. Despite all that Brisbane prides itself on being able to play the same way no matter who is missing and last weeks defeat will have no doubt hurt them. Im expecting them to come out early tomorrow and really go at Heart and see if Melbourne can copy the tactics of Sydney. For the record- last time Brisbane lost a game, they responded with a 1-1 draw against Adelaide United up here in Brisbane.

 

Melbourne:

For Melbourne Heart the timing of this game isn’t the best from their perspective, everyone wanted to be the team to beat Brisbane, but they didn’t really want to be the ones to face them straight after a loss. Luckily for the Heart they’ve hit some good form recently themselves with 3 wins from 4 bringing them from bottom of the league to a spot in the finals and have some very good creative attacking players as evidenced by the fact they are leaving Terra and Williams out of the side. For the Heart the two key players to watch for are Fred and Dugandzic who have really brought a lot to their football this season. The other two midfielders in Thompson and Germano also have the quality to control the game if allowed to do so. Eli Babalj is also an underrated striker for mine.

Like the Newcastle game I suspect possession will be critical because both sides like to control possession of the ball- Heart prefer it slightly deeper in their own half than Brisbane but the net effect is the same. Unlike Newcastle –and Sydney- however I don’t expect Heart to do a lot of high pressing as im yet to see them use that tactic this season which could well play into Brisbane’s hands.

 

Coaches comments:

“People like Kofi (Danning) and Rocky Visconte will come into it, they’ve been working pretty hard at training,” Postecoglou said.

“If Thomas isn’t right it’ll be an opportunity for one of them, definitely on the bench.

“We’ve got some options, we can throw some of the young guys in and give them an opportunity, that’s what they’ve been working for.

“We’re quite confident whatever happens we’ll be fielding a strong enough team to win the game.

To add to the doubt over Broich, James Meyer (groin) and Henrique (cork) will also be unavailable for the Suncorp Stadium clash.

 “What we’ll do is what we’ve done and that is getting to playing our dominating, attacking football, being aggressive and not worrying about the results,” he said.

“Not worrying about our wins and loss columns but just getting back to playing our football.

“If we do that, as shown in the past, everything else will take care of itself.”

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