Match Preview: Brisbane Roar vs. Melbourne Heart

 

Friday, 2 March 2012

Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Heart

Venue: Suncorp Stadium

Local kick-off: 7:00pm

Referee: Ryan Shepheard

Head-to-Head: All matches (played 5): Brisbane Roar wins 3, Melbourne Heart wins 1 (1 draw)

Brisbane Roar Squad: 1. Michael Theoklitos (GK), 2. Matt Smith ©, 3. Shane Stefanutto, 4. Matt Jurman, 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Erik Paaratlu, 7. Besart Berisha, 8. Massimo Murdocca, 11. Issey Nakajima-Farran, 14. Rocky Visconte, 16. Mohamed Adnan, 17. Mitch Nichols, 19. Jack Hingert, 20. Andrew Redmayne (GK), 21. James Meyer, 22. Thomas Broich, 24. Nick Fitzgerald. *Two to be omitted*

In: 4. Matt Jurman (returns from Qantas Australian U23 duty), 14. Rocky Visconte (returns from Australian U23 duty), 22. Thomas Broich (returns from injury) 

Out: 10. Henrique (Suspended – two weeks)

Unavailable: Nil

Melbourne Heart squad: 1.Clint Bolton (gk), 2.Michael Marrone, 3.Brendan Hamill, 4.Simon Colosimo, 5.Fred ©, 6.Matt Thompson, 7.Rutger Worm, 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, 30.Sebastian Mattei

 *One to be omitted*

In: Wayne Srhoj, Jason Hoffman (promoted)

Out: Paul Reid (omitted)

 Unavailable: Nil

 

Season form:

Brisbane: WWWWDDWWLLLLLWDDWDLWWW

Melbourne: LLDDDWWLWWWWWLDLLDLDLWW

 

Season record vs. Melbourne Heart:

Round 10: Brisbane Roar (Nichols 77’) 1-2 Melbourne Heart (Germano 12’, Babalj 27’)
Round 18:
Melbourne Heart (Germano 31’) 1-1 Brisbane Roar (Berisha 69’)

 

Top scorers:

Brisbane: Besart Berisha (15)

Melbourne: Mate Dugandzic (6)

 

Assists:

Brisbane: Thomas Broich (5)

Melbourne: Aziz Behich (5)

 

All-time record against Melbourne Heart:

Total: Played: Won 3, Drawn 1, Lost 1. Goals for 10, Goals against 5.

 

At Suncorp Stadium:

Total: Played 2: Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 1. Goals for 5, Goals against 2

1 Home match vs. Melbourne Heart was moved to Skilled Park due to flooding, game Brisbane won 2-1.

 

Starting Line-ups:

 

 

Substitutes:

Brisbane: Redmayne, Jurman, Nakajima-Farran, Meyer
Omitted: Hingert, Visconte

 

Melbourne: Mattei, Worm, Hoffman, Srhoj
Omitted: Terra

 

Brisbane’s team selection is far easier to predict this week than last, simply because there are no injury doubts and no babies due to be born. On that note Broich has been all but confirmed as a starter tonight based on Postecoglou’s comments in the story on the clubs page, and that’s a timely boost with Henrique out suspended. In a re-shuffle Nick Fitzgerald will move over to the right to accommodate the return of the German. On the bench im of the opinion –and I could be wrong on this one- that Matt Jurman will replace Jack Hingert on the bench. The main reason for this is that Jurman has more A-League experience and can play in the central role if needed, where as Hingert’s really only a fullback. It also gives Hingert a chance to take part in the NYL fixture this afternoon down the coast and another chance to regain fitness following his ankle injury.

 

Heart is equally simple- for the start anyway. Why would you change the team that played so well last weekend? Paul Reid’s short term deal is over so he is out, but Jonathan Germano who’s got 2 in 2 vs. the Roar will probably come back in which is good news for them. On their bench it’s a question of how attacking does Van’t Schip want to be. I’ve got them bringing Srhoj onto the bench to replace Germano who steps into the start, and I’ve also got them bringing Jason Hoffman back in over Alex Terra. But in truth it could be any combination of Terra/Srhoj/Hoffman/Worm sitting on the bench tonight.

 

Keys to the game:

 

Brisbane are rolling right now, more so than they have been all season probably and the confidence must be sky high. There must also be an air of excitement amongst the squad with the ACL only days away, but they have to focus domestically 1st and get the job done here. Of course winning tonight sends them top for a day at least with the Mariners not playing til Saturday afternoon.

 

Heart is one side that has troubled the Roar at times this season and this is partly because of their formation, and partly their approach. Heart tend to play a 3-4-3 with the wing backs getting forward into midfield. Down the left Thompson tucks inside to open up the flank for Behich whereas on the right Marrone isn’t quite so attacking due to Dugandzic being the nominal winger. In the middle Fred is the real key for them as Fox repeatedly say and shutting him out of the contest is going to be important.

 

Where the Roar tend to struggle against the Heart is in the pressure in the front third of the pitch, and they’re one of the only sides who tend to press onto the Roar for the majority of the match. They all do it at certain times, but Heart do it more than most. Their 2nd goal up here is a good example of this when Germano won the ball in the Roar half and launched a quick counter resulting in a Babalj tap in.

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