Round 3 Preview: Brisbane Roar vs. Sydney FC

UntitledBrisbane go into round three in a position they haven’t found themselves in throughout their history- winless after two rounds. That makes this an opportunistic time to run into a home game against a team who haven’t won in Brisbane since 2007 and have played an FFA Cup tie just 72hours before this game. The sky blues should be written off however, after picking up four points from six against after a first up draw with Melbourne City and a win in the derby last week against the Wanderers.

Last week Brisbane played some solid football going forward, however they fell down with some sloppy defensive mistakes costing them the points and it could well be a case of history repeating with Sydney’s strong front four showing some good early season form. That will put some added pressure on the Brisbane back line which has shone frailties in the opening weeks with seven goals conceded in the last three games –including the FFA Cup tie-.

Form:
Brisbane: LL
Sydney: DW

Top Scorer:
Brisbane: Henrique, Kurtishi, Broich (1)
Sydney: Gameiro (2)

Mike Mulvey has plenty of injury concerns to his squad going into this game with Corey Brown, Michael Theo, George Lambadaridis and Adam Sarota all out with injury while Matt McKay misses the second game of his suspension. With those five unavailable this weekend and the fact that Mulvey was impressed with last weekend’s performance it would seem that there’s a reasonable chance that the team may remain the same. If there were to be a change it would surely be Jack Hingert coming into the side for Donachie- however I think he might get another chance.

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

Sydney have had a short preparation for this game with an FFA Cup tie on Tuesday evening, a game which will give them an additional problem going into this one. Nikola Petkovic was harshly sent off by everyone’s favourite referee with the MRP upholding his one match ban. That suspension, plus the injury to Matt Jurman means a reshuffle is likely for Sydney that should see Sebastian Ryall move into the centre of defence with Pedj Bojic likely to come in at right back. Further forward Arnold also has choices in midfield but it’s unlikely he’ll make any extra changes after the 3-2 comeback win over the Wanderers.

Likely Sydney XI: Janjetovic, Bojic, Ryall, Ognenovski, Gersbach, Antonis, Dimitrijevic, Ibini, Brosque, Gameiro, Janko.
Substitutes: Necevski, Calver, Carle, Naumoff, Abbas.
Omitted: Gligor, Timotheou.

Milestones: 

– Brisbane have a fantastic record against Sydney FC up here in Brisbane having won the last eight games at Lang Park. Sydney’s last win at the venue was on September 22, 2007 when they won 1-0 thanks to a Brazilian substitute called Patrick.

– Tomorrow night is Mike Mulvey’s 50th game in the A-League as head coach of Brisbane Roar. So far in his 49 games he’s won 25, drawn 7 and lost 17 with 68 goals for and 50 against.
Untitled2All-time record against Sydney FC:
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Kick-off tomorrow night is set down for 7.00pm- and for those that cant make it to the ground the match can be seen live on Fox Sports 1 and SBS1, plus heard live on ABC Grandstand. Elsewhere this weekend the National Youth League side will play their first home game of the season on Saturday afternoon against Adelaide United. Kick-off in the round 2 NYL encounter is set down for 5.00pm at Goodwin Park for those interested. Finally the ladies side are away from home this weekend, heading down to Newcastle to take on the Jets on Saturday afternoon. They will be looking to get just their second win of the season to move up the ladder towards the top four, and they’ll also be looking for their second win of the campaign over the Jets.

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