ACL Match Preview: Ulsan Hyundai vs. Brisbane Roar

 

Following an away point a fortnight ago in Beijing, Brisbane continue their Asian adventure tomorrow night in the industrial town of Ulsan in Korea’s  south-east. Besart Berisha said today that he believes this is a must win game and while he’s right that they need to start picking up points a draw in the away fixture wouldn’t be the worst thing provided they get the 3 points in Brisbane.

 
ACL table:

Brisbane Roar Suspension Watch:
Players 1 yellow card from a suspension: Franjic, Stefanutto,

 

Ulsan Hyundai Squad:

 

Brisbane Roar squad:

 

Stadium:

Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium (‘Big Crown’)
Capacity: 44,102

 

Brisbane team news:

The squad flew to Korea on Sunday and I wouldn’t be expecting too many changes to the team who beat the Mariners at the weekend. Sayed Mohamed Adnan is out due to a suspension so Matt Jurman will come in for his 1st taste of ACL action with the Roar.
In all probability this will be the team who takes on Ulsan: Theoklitos, Franjic, Smith, Jurman, Stefanutto, Paartalu, Murdocca, Nichols, Henrique, Berisha, Broich.

Subs: Redmayne, Hingert, Mundy, Brattan, Fitzgerald, Danning, Meyer.

 

Just a quick side not on Brisbane’s ACL squad- they appear to have added 3 NYL players to the list, taking the total to 28. Youth league captain Chris Bush, Defender Jason Geria and midfielder Kenneth Dougall are the players added.

 

Ulsan’s form:

 

K-League table:

 

Ulsan- Players of note:

–          Kim Young-Kwang: The 28 year old fringe national team goalkeeper who went to the 2006 and 2010 World Cups had an excellent 2011 season which saw him named the K-League keeper of the year. As a defence they conceded less than 1 goal per game last season so they will be a tough nut to crack.

 

–          Defenders: Central defender Kwak Tae- Hwi is both the captain and heart and soul of both the Ulsan and Korean national teams. His partnership in central defence with Kang Min-Soo will be tough. Hwi was also named in the 2011 K-League team of the season. They also have Colombian international defender Juan Estiven Vélez in their squad.

 

–          Midfielders: Japanese midfielder Akihiro Ienga– who has 3 international caps- arrived in the offseason on a season long loan from Mallorca could be a danger. Wide men Kim Seung-Yong and Lee Keun- Ho who both spent time in the J-League with Gamba Osaka will provide decent width for he hosts. Lee especially has extensive experience in both the K-League and the national team

 

–          Forwards: The front line is lead by Brazilian import Luis Carlos dos Santos Martins or Maranhão as the commentators will probably call him. He can probably best be described as a journeyman who’s spent time in both Japan and Brazil. In addition to him Ulsan also have home-grown striker Kim Shin-Wook who averages about 1 goal in 3 for Ulsan. Kim was also a squad member at the 2011 Asian Cup and has played 8 times for Korea.

 

Keys to the game:
Similarly to the last game I wont comment too much on the Koreans for the time being given I have no idea what to expect from them. But for Brisbane the most important factor will be to play in a similar fashion to a fortnight ago in Beijing if they are to get the result in Korea. Again- I don’t think that a loss would be fatal for Brisbane, but with half the competition over following this game its time to start picking up some points.

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