Match Preview: Perth Glory vs Brisbane Roar

Last game over in the West- Brisbane Roar 2-1 Perth Glory.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar

Venue: nib Stadium

Local kick-off: 7:00pm (10.00pm AEDT)

Referees: Chris Beath / Josh Manella / Matthew Cheeseman / David Costello

Head-to-Head: All matches (played 19): Perth Glory wins 3, Brisbane Roar wins 12 (4 draws)

Perth Glory squad:1.Danny Vukovic (Gk), 2.Josh Mitchell, 3.Bas Van Den Brink, 4.Billy Mehmet, 5.Steve Pantelidis, 7.Jacob Burns (C) 8.Adam Hughes, 10.Liam Miller, 13.Travis Dodd, 14.Steven Mcgarry, 15.Tommy Amphlett, 16.Evan Berger, 17.Todd Howarth, 18. Jesse Makarounas, 19, Josh Risdon, 21.Mile Sterjovski, 22.Adam Taggart, 25. Trent Mcclenahan, 30. Lewis Italiano (Gk) *Three To Be Omitted*

In:2.Josh Mitchell (Returns From Suspension), 15.Tommy Amphlett (Promoted),18. Jesse Makarounas (Promoted), 25. Trent Mcclenahan (Promoted

Unavailable: 6.Chris Coyne (Achilles), 9.Shane Smeltz (Groin – 1 Week),11.Victor Sikora (Hip – Long Term Injury List), 12.Scott Neville (Knee), 20.Neil Young (Abdominal), 27.Andrezinho (Hamstring -2 Weeks)

Brisbane Roar Squad:1. Michael Theoklitos (GK),  2. Matt Smith, 3. Shane Stefanutto (Capt.), 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, 20. Andrew Redmayne (GK) *one to be omitted*

In: 9. Kofi Danning (promoted)

Unavailable: 21. James Meyer (adductor injury – 1 week), 22. Thomas Broich (heel injury – 1 week), Henrique (knee injury – 1 week)

 

Team news:

Substitutes:

Brisbane: Redmayne, Hingert, Murdocca Nakajima- Farran

Omitted: Danning

Perth: Italiano, Howarth, Hughes, Taggart

Omitted: Amphlett, McClenahan, Makarounas.

 

Unlike recent weeks, there isn’t really a lot to talk about there- for either team. I don’t expect to see any changes to the match day XV for Brisbane tonight, simply because of the fantastic return to form on Saturday and Ange will surely go with the ‘don’t change a winning team mantra’, although the fact that he still has the same players unavailable as last week. Marco is also reporting its going to be the same squad so it seems like that’s whats going to happen.

 

For Perth imo at least there won’t be a great deal of change. Josh Mitchell is available from suspension and will probably come back into the side at LB given he’s more defensively sound than Howarth. However if Heffernan’s clearance comes through in time it would make sense that he comes into the squad. In midfield and attack I think Fergie will go in with the same players given they started reasonably well in Newcastle before the red card, so I can see him going with the same players. Mehmet of course if you missed it got his red card rescinded, and sharpshooter Shane Smeltz is still unavailable via injury. Fergie may surprise me, but I can’t see him making drastic changes.

 

Season form:

Brisbane: WWWWDDWWLLLLLW

Perth Glory: WWWLLLDLWLLLD

 

Season record vs. Perth Glory:

Round 8: Brisbane Roar (Berisha 23’, 45’, Nakajima- Farran 33’, 41’) 4-0 Perth Glory

 

Top scorers:

Brisbane: Besart Berisha (9)

Perth Glory: Shane Smeltz (5)

 

Assists:

Brisbane: Thomas Broich (5)

Perth Glory? (?)

 

All-time record against Perth Glory:

Total: Played 19: Won 12, Drawn 4, Lost 3. Goals for 42, Goals against 22.

 

At Nib Stadium:

Total: Played 9: Won 6, Drawn 1, Lost 2. Goals for 17, Goals against 9.

 

Keys to the game:

Brisbane:

Well now that Brisbane has their mojo back, its time to really kick on and cement one of those vital spots in the top two given how hard it is to win the league from outside of that. In order to head in that direction, for mine it’s important for Brisbane to jump out to a quick start and play with a quick tempo short passing game, a tactic that caused Perth all sorts of problems earlier this season. If the team’s line up with the expected formations (3-4-3 vs. 4-4-2) then Brisbane should have a decided advantage in the possession stakes given they could have up to 6 v 4 in the midfield sector which should see them maintaining a high % of the ball.

 

Defensively I suspect given Perth’s reliance on the wide areas that Franjic and Stefanutto will have to be slightly more defensive in order to curtail that- although with Postecoglou’s attacking philosophy you never know. The back three and the two central midfielders for mine should be comfortable in this game with more numbers than their opponents both in possession and a defensive capacity.

 

As per usual Brisbane need to get their passing game going and if they can do that im confident they can get a result, even with the lengthy travel schedule which includes a trip to Adelaide on the way back.  It’s also worth pointing out this isn’t really ideal for Perth either given they were in Newcastle last weekend, and head to Wellington this weekend.

 

Perth:

Perth have fallen from grace since their blistering start but at the weekend they showed that they can be a competitive side and I think that’s the baseline marker that Ferguson will expect, infact on Fox News today he hinted that he’ll be sending his side out to attack and get some revenge for the 4-0 drubbing. If he does that it could be very interesting because if they go too attacking Brisbane –or anyone else for that matter- could tear them apart on the counter-attack.

 

I suspect their best chance of causing damage to the Roar is in the wider areas with the likes of Dodd and Sterjovski capable of performing in those areas either as genuine wingers or as a 2nd striker running the channels and it’s the wide areas in defence that Brisbane’s back three can be exposed. If they do succeed with that I would what Ange will do- would he go back to a back 4?

 

In midfield I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- they need some genuine creativity and excitement in there because it just lacks options. Jacob Burns is a 1 man human hacksaw in midfield and although McGarry has shown promise of late to me at least he isn’t of the quality our foreign players need to be at. Hughes is a solid dependable option off the bench who you can use and Miller has some quality but there’s just something lacking to me. This is the area that Brisbane has the biggest advantage imo and it’s one the have to take advantage of.

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