M1 Derby Preview: Brisbane Roar vs. Gold Coast United

Gold Coast United v Brisbane Roar, Skilled Park, Sunday 5.30pm (EDT), Fox Sports 1HD

Gold Coast United: 20. Jerrad Tyson (gk), 2. Josh Brillante, 3. Michael Thwaite (c), 4. Zac Anderson, 10. Tahj Minnieccon, 11. Jake Barker-Daish, 12. Dylan Macallister, 15. Adama Traore, 16. Maceo Rigters, 17. Chris Harold, 18. James Brown, 22. Peter Jungschlager, 23. Dylan McGowan, 28. Daniel Bowles, 33. Mitch Cooper, 40. Chris O’Connor (gk) *one to be omitted*

In: 16. Maceo Rigters (pending fitness test)

Out: 31. Daniel Bragg, 21. Daniel Severino

Unavailable: 1. Glen Moss (groin injury – 1 week), 9. Joel Porter (calf – 2 weeks) (hamstring – 1 week), 19. Chris Broadfoot (ankle injury – indefinite), 13. Ante Rozic (hamstring injury – 1 week), 14. Ben Halloran (injured – 2 weeks), 7. Golgol Mebrahtu

Brisbane Roar: 1. Michael Theoklitos (GK), 2. Matt Smith (C), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 4. Matt Jurman, 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Erik Paaratlu, 7. Besart Berisha, 8. Massimo Murdocca, 9. Kofi Danning, 10. Henrique, 11. Issey Nakajima-Farran, 12. Matt Mundy, 16. Mohamed Adnan, 17. Mitch Nichols, 19. Jack Hingert, 20. Andrew Redmayne (GK), 21. James Meyer, 22. Thomas Broich, 24. Nick Fitzgerald. *Three to be omitted*

In: 4. Shane Stefanutto (promoted), 12. Matt Mundy (promoted) 16. Mohamed Adnan (promoted)

Out: Nil

Unavailable: Luke Brattan (knee – two weeks), Rocky Visconte (ankle – two weeks)

 

Season form:

Brisbane: WWWWDDWWLLLLLWDDWDLWWWWDDW

Gold Coast: DDDWLLLLLDWWDLDLLDLLDDLDW

 

Season record vs. Gold Coast United:

Round 3: Friday October 21: Brisbane Roar (Paartalu 15′, Berisha 61′, Nichols 79′) 3-0 Gold Coast United

Round 12: Monday, 26 December Gold Coast 1 (Daniel Severino 88’) Brisbane Roar 0

 

Top scorers:

Brisbane: Besart Berisha (19)

Gold Coast: James Brown (6)

 

Assists:

Brisbane: Thomas Broich (6)

Gold Coast: Peter Jungschlager (5)

 

All-time record against Gold Coast United:

Played 8: Won 2, Drawn 2, Lost 4. Goals for 11, Goals against 12

 

At Skilled Park:

Total: Played 6: Won 3, Drawn 1, Lost 2. Goals for 7, Goals against 5

 

Vs. Gold Coast United:

 Played 3: Drawn 1, Lost 2. Goals for 1, Goals against 6.

 

Projected Starting Line-ups:

*Assuming Ange’s ‘plan A’ is put in place’

Substitutes:
Brisbane:
Redmayne, Hingert, Danning, Meyer

Omitted: Adnan, Mundy, Nakajima-Farran, Fitzgerald

 

Gold Coast: O’Connor, Barker-Daish, Minnieccon, Macallister

Omitted: Cooper

 

 

The above 11 for Brisbane could all be in the stands if Postecoglou is forced into using his ‘plan b’ due to the Mariners winning the premiership, but more on that and how it could look later. 1stly to focus in on what is called ‘plan a’ around Roar HQ and the rest of this preview will be premised on that plan being followed out.

 

 

Tonight we learned that Sayed Mohamed Adnan would miss the derby due to an injury he sustained in Beijing so Matt Jurman will partner Smith in central defence. Other than that the squad is at full strength and even thou Murdocca and Nichols have slight knocks (shoulder and groin respectively), Postecoglou has said if the game is still meaningful, they’ll play. Visconte and Brattan are out still.

 

 

Gold Coast wouldn’t be likely to make many changes following their 3-0 victory over a hapless Perth side so Mulvey will go into his 1st M1 Derby with a largely similar starting side. The in’s n out’s says that Rigters will undergo a fitness test but im tipping that he’ll not only play, but also start in what will be seen as a big game down the yellow end of the M1. If he can’t go I somehow suspect that it will be ex Roar speedster Tahj Minnieccon getting the start.

 

Keys to the game:

I think for Brisbane the best way to attack this fixture is to come out on the offensive and really go after them from the 1st whistle. There are two reasons for this: Gold Coast is a young side and a Brisbane team who play a similar way to them could totally shatter their confidence if they get on top, and Brisbane have had a tough week of travel across the continent and will probably suffer some level of fatigue with around 25 to go. It is hear that Postecoglou will earn his corn if he can get his substitutions right.

 

 

Gold Coast’s best tactics will probably be to try and be in the game at the hour mark and then really unleash their young guns at a tiring Roar side following a long trip to Beijing. On Boxing Day they had a reasonable amount of success launching counter attacks down Brisbane’s left and although Halloran will be missing I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried something similar on Sunday. Bowles in particular has been in some stellar form this past month and im sure that he’ll be keen to show Postecoglou what he’s missing by allowing him to go down the M1. Harold will also be a danger with his speed and good runs upfront and it will also be important to keep tabs on their top scorer James Brown.

 

‘Plan B’:

Ok lets assume that the Mariners do the job across the Tasman and the plate is won, Postecoglou since he returned from Beijing has said that there is a plan in place to rest players if the Derby becomes ‘meaningless’ (im not sure how a derby game can become meaningless but that’s besides the point I guess) We 1st heard that both Murdocca and Nichols would not feature if that was the case, and then tonight a news outlet said that Adnan was missing too. Perhaps Postecoglou is foxing but somehow I doubt it, he doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy who would worry about it + the club is clearly concerned with games and travel commitments given they agreed to play the 1st leg at home regardless of Sundays outcome. Anyway here’s my guess at what ‘plan b’ looks like, but given nobody has any real clue as to who/how many would be rested it really is just that-a guess.

 

Substitutes: Acton, Donachie, Lambadaridis, Danning

 

I would have rested both Broich and Paartalu too but with Visconte and Brattan injured there’s a shortage of midfield options available. It’s worth pointing out that the youth team finished their season a month ago now so im not sure if any of them –minus the ones in the ACL squad- are still training with the Roar. Those youth players still training due to being part of the ACL squad are: Acton, Brown, Donachie, Lambadaridis and Proia although technically Proia is 1st team.

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