ACL Match Preview: Beijing Guoan vs. Brisbane RoarPosted: March 20, 2012
After matchday 1’s disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to FC Tokyo, Brisbane find themselves in a position where they need a good result on the road to get their ACL campaign back on track. I wouldn’t go as far to say that this is a must win game, it is however a must not lose match. Side note- Beijing are the ‘sister club’ of Gold Coast United, so there you go.
Tuesday March 20
Beijing Guoan vs. Brisbane Roar
Venue: Brisbane Stadium
Local kick-off: 9:30pm (Brisbane time)
ACL Group F table:
Brisbane Roar Suspension Watch:
Players with 1 yellow card: Franjic, Stefanutto, Adnan
Beijing Guoan squad:
1) Zhang Sipeng- GK, 2) Zhang Junzhe-DF, 3) Yu Yang-DF, 4) Zhou Ting DF, 5) Darko Matic- MF, 6) Xu Liang- MF, 7) Wang Chngqing- MF, 8) Manu- MF, 9) Tan Tiancheng- FW, 10) Zhang Xizhe- MF, 12) Hou Sen- GK, 13) Xu Yunlong- DF ©, 14) Yang Yun- DF, 15) Andrija Kaluderovic MF, 16) Zhang Xiaobin- MF, 17) Xu Wu- MF, 18) Lang Zheng- DF, 19) Wang Xiaolong- MF, 20) Zhang Xinxin- MF, 21) Zhu Yifan- MF, 22) Yang Zhi- GK, 23) Jiang Tao- MF, 24) Li Hanbo- FW, 25) Jiao Zhe- MF, 26) Wang Hao- MF, 28) Zhang Jiam- MF, 29) Shao Jiayi- FW, 30) Lei Tenglong- DF, 33)Mao Jianqing- FW, 35) Li Tixang- MF, 36) Bai Xaiolei- GK, 37) Reinaldo Da Costa- FW, 38) Meng Yang- DF, 39) Piao Cheng- 39, 40) Francios- DF, ??) Zhang Yonghai- DF.
Manager: Jaime Pacheco
Brisbane Roar Squad:
1) Michael Theoklitos- GK, 2) Matt Smith- DF, 3) Shane Stefanutto- DF, 4) Matthew Jurman- DF, 5) Ivan Franjic- DF, 6) Erik Paartalu- MF, 7) Besart Berisha- FWD, 8) Massimo Murdocca- MF, 9) Kofi Danning- FWD, 10) Henrique- FWD), 12) Matt Mundy- DF, 14) Rocky Visconte- MF, 16 Sayed Mohamed Adnan- DF, 17) Mitch Nichols- MF, 18) Luke Brattan- MF), 19) Jack Hingert- DF, 20) Andrew Redmayne- GK, 21) James Meyer- FWD, 22) Thomas Broich- MF, 24) Nick Fitzgerald- FWD, 25) George Lambadaridis- MF, 26) Corey Brown- DEF, 28) Anthony Proia- FWD, 30) Matt Acton- GK, ?) James Donachie- DF.
Manager: Ange Postecoglou
Workers Stadium: 66,161 Capacity.
Chinese league table:
Beijing Guoan’s Last game: Beijing Guoan 3 – 2 Shanghai Shenhua, 16 March
As reported by Marco today:
Coach Ange Postecoglou is expected to make three changes to the side which started in the Roar’s 2-1 weekend win over Newcastle Jets.
Defensive pair Mohamed Adnan and Shane Stefanutto are set to return to the starting side at the expense of Matt Jurman and Jack Hingert.
Canadian international Issey Nakajima-Farran, not a member of the Roar’s Champions League squad because of visa player restrictions, will be the other casualty, with his place in a reshuffled starting XI tipped to go to Massimo Murdocca.
So there we have it, 3 straight forward swaps which blind Freddy could have predicted basically. That means according to this the starting line-up will consist of: Theoklitos, Franjic, Smith, Adnan, Stefanutto, Paartalu, Murdocca, Nichols, Henrique, Berisha, Broich. My guess on the substitute’s bench is Redmayne, Hingert, Jurman, Lambadaridis, Fitzgerald, Meyer, and Danning. That could be wrong given I have no idea which players travelled, it just seems to make the most sense to me.
Ok rather than have a total guess on this I’ll attempt to outline some of their key players:
Reinaldo: Yes, that Reinaldo. He’s found his way to the Chinese capital from the Middle East and will line up tonight in the Green of Beijing. From what I gather he played as the lone striker away to Ulsan away in matchday 1.
Darko Matic: The Croatian midfielder appears to be their version of Paartalu and a player of some pedigree in China having played for Tianjin Teda before moving to Beijing in 2009.
Manu: The Portuguese right winger just moved to China from the Polish League where he played for Legia Warsaw. The midfielder did come up through the Benfica system as a youngster so he must have some quality.
Andrija Kaluđerović: If you watched the 2008 Olyroos at the Beijing games there’s chance you could have seen this guy play as he was apart of that squad apparently. Like Manu, Andrija has just moved to the Chinese capital having extensive experience at Red Star Belgrade and FK Rad amongst others.
Xu Yunlong: The Beijing captain is 33 now and has spent his entire career at his hometown club. Anyone with a long memory might remember seeing him play in the 2002 World Cup amongst his 72 caps. The defender is the heart of both their defence and the team in general.
Shao Jiayi: One of China’s best footballing exports having spent the best part of a decade playing in the Bundesliga with 1860, Cottbus and Duisburg. He has returned back to his former team for this season now and with 40 caps for the National team he obviously has some quality. From memory he’s more of a 2nd striker/attacking midfielder so perhaps look for him to be the link between midfield and attack.
Tan Tiancheng: The young striker is supposedly one of the great hopes of Chinese football having scored 3 in 5 games for their u/20 side. Im not sure he’s going to play tomorrow but he could be a name to keep an eye on for the future. They gave him the #9 shirt so he must have some quality.
Keys to the game:
Without having ever seen Beijing play its difficult so for this I’ll just focus on the Roar, and the biggest thing the boys need to do tonight is go in there and play from the very 1st minute. Smith and Postecoglou said that they showed the Tokyo team too much respect in their home opener and they cannot afford to make the same mistakes.
The sooner the boys settle into their game the better the prospects of getting a good result are. One would assume that Beijing would be going hard out for a win in this game at home, and if they do press on and play an expansive style things could be very well suited for Brisbane to impose themselves and dictate the match.