Match Preview: Brisbane Roar vs. Sydney FC

Friday, 16 November 2012
Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC
Suncorp Stadium
Kick off: 7:00 PM
Referee: Alan Milliner
Assistant Referees 1: David Walsh and Ashley Beecham
Fourth official: Matt Gillett



Top Scorer:
Brisbane: Besart Berisha (3)
Sydney: Alessandro Del Piero (3)

Brisbane: Massimo Murdocca, Ivan Franjic(2)
Sydney: 6 players (1)


Brisbane Roar squad:

1. Michael Theo (GK), 2. Matt Smith (c.), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 4. Matt Jurman, 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Erik Paartalu, 7. Besart Berisha, 8. Massimo Murdocca, 10. Henrique, 11. Ben Halloran, 13. Yuji Takahashi, 14. Rocky Visconte, 16. Do Dong-Hyun, 17. Mitch Nichols, 18. Luke Brattan, 19. Jack Hingert, 20. Matt Acton (GK), 22. Thomas Broich, 24. Nick Fitzgerald.

(Four to be omitted)



Ins: Rocky Visconte (promoted), Do Dong-Hyun (promoted), Besart Berisha (returns from injury), Yuji Takahashi (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: Nil



Sydney FC squad:

1. Ivan Necevski (gk), 2. Sebastian Ryall, 3. Fabio, 4. Pascal Bosschaart, 7. Brett Emerton, 9. Paul Reid, 10. Alessandro Del Piero, 12. Blake Powell, 15. Terry McFlynn, 16. Joel Chianese, 18. Trent McClenahan, 19. Kruno Lovrek, 20. Vedran Janjetovic (gk), 21. Yairo Yau, 22. Ali Abbas, 23. Rhyan Grant

(One to be omitted)



Ins: Joel Chianese (returns from injury), Kruno Lovrek (promoted)

Outs: Mitch Mallia (rested)

Unavailable: 6. Jason Culina, 17. Terry Antonis (International duty – Qantas Young Socceroos

It has probably been the most tumultuous in the last couple of years around Roar HQ with injury rumours, training ground ‘bust-ups’ and multiple media ‘experts’ predicting the end of the Roar.  The good news however is that everyone is fit and available for selection and every time Marco reports one of these training ground arguments the boys seem to play well so hopefully that record continues tomorrow.

Changes have been the big topic of the week among the fans and Rado has made no secret of the fact that he’s going to make some this week after a poor month on the park. Matt Jurman and Mitch Nichols seem destined to be the fall guys for the recent run with some suggestion that Ivan Franjic will move across to central defence and Jack Hingert slotting in at right fullback. If Rado does go that way it’s an intriguing option as the only time I can recall seeing Ivan play in a more central role was against Newcastle last year – he started at RB, but moved to CB after an injury- when they came from 1-0 down to win 2-1 and keep the unbeaten streak alive.  The biggest thing Franjic offers is his attacking attributes down the right side but that should be mitigated somewhat by Hingert coming in.  Im surprised that Takahashi isn’t being considered by all reports –although he is in the squad- but maybe Rado believes he isn’t ready for the 1st team yet?

The second change is a more logical and obvious one with Besart Berisha coming back into side to play upfront, with Henrique slotting into a #10 type role in behind Berisha which is somewhat similar to how they finished the game against Adelaide 2 weeks ago.  Hopefully it’s more fluent than it was on that occasion.  

Likely Brisbane line-up:

Theo, Hingert, Franjic, Smith, Stefanutto, Paartalu, Murdocca, Halloran, Henrique, Broich, Berisha.
Subs: Acton, Jurman, Nichols, Fitzgerald.
Omitted: Takahashi, Visconte, Brattan, Dong-Hyun.



Sydney’s week hasn’t been all that different to that of Brisbane- just replace internal squad issues with a coach who couldn’t handle the pressure of such a ‘big’ club and as such they’re now searching for their 7th head coach in a little over 7 seasons. They’ve also got their own injury issues with Del Piero still recovering from a slight hamstring injury- but the good news if you’re interested in watching him play is that he’s tipped to start the game tonight.

Their form is slightly better than Brisbane’s in that they’ve only lost their last 2 games compared to Brisbane’s 3 game losing streak, but other than that imo Brisbane has played the better football. There is no doubt for mine that they’re still in early season form –at best- given that they missed out on almost all of their preseason games and their squad came together rather late in the preseason.


Im not sure that tactically Corica is going to change too much given the short turn around for Sydney so it will likely be the same 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type formation from last week against Victory.  Del Piero is the name on everyone’s lips but Panamanian attacker Yairo Yau is the one that should be kept in mind- he’s scored two goals in two starts and been lively thus far. At the back Bosschaart has added some solidity there which was desperately needed. Speaking of Mr. Bosschaart I don’t think we’ll be seeing the same type of fireworks we saw last time he and Berisha were on the same pitch.

Likely Sydney starting line-up:
Necevski, Grant, Ryall, Bosschaart, Fabio, Emerton, Reid, Abbas, Yau, Lovrek, Del Piero.
Subs: Janjetovic, McClenahan, McFlynn, Chianese.

Omitted: Powell

All-time record against Sydney FC:

Played 23- Won 7, Drawn 8, Lost 6

At Suncorp Stadium:

Played 13- Won 7, Drawn 4, Lost 2

Last home loss vs. Sydney FC: 22nd September 2007.



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