Round 22 Preview: Brisbane vs. AdelaidePosted: March 7, 2014
Round 22 concludes on Sunday with what some are dubbing a potential Grand Final preview, and while that is still considerably to far away to seriously consider it does bring together two sides that play some of the leagues best football. Historically in Brisbane Adelaide have had the better of the two teams with going away with seven wins from twelve games. Infact the only two times Brisbane have beaten Adelaide at home, they routed them (4-0 S16,R14- and 7-1 S7, R4) Last week both of these sides had impressing wins at home with Adelaide demolishing a hot and cold Wellington side, while Brisbane bounced back into form with a win over Perth.
So far in the two meetings this season both sides have a win each with Brisbane getting the better of Adelaide early in the season, before the reds returned the favour in January with a last minute win against a 10 man Brisbane side. Despite that last minute winner from Jordan Elsey it was Brisbane who controlled the majority of the game a draw would of perhaps been a fairer indication of the game as a whole.
Socceroos duo Matt McKay and Ivan Franjic are expected to be available to play on Sunday when they return to training tomorrow after a midweek trip to London to play for the Socceroos. Ivan played the full game against Ecuador, while McKay was an unused sub. Should the duo be incapable of backing up on Sunday, Corey Brown and Jack Hingert have been added to the squad and would come into the side. Should McKay and Franjic be ready to play, I suspect it will be an unchanged XI from last week which is what im expecting.
Expected Brisbane XI:
Theo, Franjic, North, Smith, Stefanutto, Brattan, Miller, McKay, Petratos, Broich, Berisha.
Substitutes: Acton, Donachie, Lustica, Henrique, Solórzano.
Gombau goes into this game with the best kind of problem for any coach, finding room for returning first team regulars. Coming off last weeks 5-1 win over Wellington Adelaide welcome back defender John McKain and midfielder Marcelo Carrusca back for the game. I think there’s no doubt Carrusca will return to the side, with the possibility of reverting back to the line-up that took on Melbourne two weeks ago. That would result in Cirio moving back to the forward line, with Neumann dropping to the bench.
Expected Adelaide XI:
Galekovic, Elrich, Boogaard, Malik, Zullo, Carrusca, Isaias, Watson, Cirio, Ferreira, Djite.
Substitutes: Izzo, Marrone, McKain, Barker-Daish, Neumann.