Round 2 Preview: Perth Glory vs. Brisbane Roar

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After Sunday’s loss, Brisbane will be out to pick up their first points of the campaign after a disappointing first up performance against Adelaide. Meanwhile in contrast their opponents will be going into the game high on confidence after an attacking display saw them pick up the three points in the so called ‘distance derby’ thanks to a late winner. These two sides didn’t meet in the pre-season so this will be the first time they’ve played each other this season.

Unfortunately I haven’t seen a lot of them this season, and I didn’t see their game against the Phoenix so it’s tough to know what to really expect from them. Perth had more shots than anyone else in the first round of the competition and Kenny Lowe has stated that he wants his side to attack teams no matter what. If Perth does take that approach then it could set up an interesting dynamic with Brisbane showing some frailties in defence against a well organised Adelaide in attack, while they have also of course beaten many sides in the past who have pushed onto them. In almost all of the recent meetings between the two sides it has been Brisbane who have been the side in control of the majority of the game, with Perth tending to hit quickly on the counter- and I think that’s the way this game will likely turn out.

Mike Mulvey has a few selection decisions to make going into Sunday’s game, with at least one chance being necessary after Matt McKay received a two match suspension for dissent which begins this weekend. Who comes in as a replacement will be dependant upon how attacking Mulvey wants to play it against a Perth side who like to get the ball forward themselves. If it’s a like for like replacement, it could be a case of one of Steven Lustica or Adam Sarota, and there’s a case to be made for both. Lustica is the more match fit  and acclimatised to the Brisbane system of the duo, while Sarota -who was a late withdrawal from the bench on Sunday after picking up a minor knee injury- is still getting used to being back in Brisbane and is short on match sharpness. Still, if I had to choose, Id say that Sarota is the more likely to come into the side as a like for like replacement. Should Mulvey opt to be more attacking, he could also bring Broich into the midfield trio as he has in the preseason at times, with either Solórzano or more likely Henrique coming into the starting side. Despite Henrique looking very sharp on Sunday against Adelaide, I think it’s unlikely that he will start the game.

Mulvey may also have a decision to make in the back four after James Donachie looked out of place on the right hand side last week- both in the goal and also going forward. It would seem that Jack Hingert is ahead in the pecking order of Bowles and would seem to be the obvious choice should a change be made.

Likely Brisbane XI: Young, Hingert, North, Smith, Stefanutto, Miller, Brattan, Sarota, Petratos, Broich, Kurtishi.
Substitutes: Acton, Donachie, Lustica, Henrique, Solórzano.
Omitted: Bowles, Danning.

In relation to Perth selection, there really isn’t much to talk about here. After starting the season in a positive manner over in Wellington last weekend, Perth are expected to go into this one with the same 4-2-3-1 formation they employed last weekend. Injuries to Ruben Zadkovich and Sidnei Sciola limit the options available to Kenny Lowe, although despite that he’s not short of attacking talent. The only change to their matchday squad could possibly be Jack Clisby coming onto the bench for defensive cover, but there’s no real urgency to make that move. Really though- it will surely be a case of an unchanged line-up for the hosts.

Likely Perth XI: Vukovic, Risdon, Djulbic, Thwaite, Jamieson, Marinkovic, Griffiths, Hersi, Nichols, Garcia, Keogh.
Substitutes: Duncan, O’Neill, Ferreira, Maclaren, Harold.
Omitted: Clisby, O’Brien.

All-time record against Perth Glory:

Brisbane have had an excellent record at the Perth Oval over the course of the A-League, with just two losses in thirteen games along and an impressive eight wins with the last loss at the venue back in r27, 2010 (They also lost r1 2012 but that was at Subiaco Oval). Last season saw Brisbane pick up seven points out of nine against Perth, but when the two sides met in the West it was a nil all draw with Brisbane finishing the game with 10 men after Berisha was sent off.

Elsewhere this weekend Brisbane takes on Melbourne Victory in round 6 of the 2014 W-League season with the women’s team almost approaching must win territory to keep their record of making the finals every year alive. The Grand-Final re-match between 6th placed Brisbane and 3rd placed Melbourne is this Sunday at Goodwin Park, with kick-off from 2.00pm. This is the TV game of the round which means the game will be shown on ABC1 from 3.00pm Qld time. Unfortunately however with the kick-off time and the delayed TV coverage this clashes directly with the A-League game from Perth making it almost impossible to attend the game –unless you live close to Goodwin Park- and tough to watch both at the same time on TV.

The National Youth League season also begins this weekend with Brisbane in action on, you guessed it, Sunday afternoon as Brisbane take on Central Coast at the Gosford Centre of Excellence. For those in the area who may be interested in getting out to watch Jeff Hopkins side run around, kick-off from Gosford is set down for 1.30pm local time. It shapes as a busy Sunday with all three sides in action, and we’ll be across all the action over on our other social media platforms.





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