Round 8 Match Preview: Brisbane Roar vs. Perth GloryPosted: November 28, 2014
Top Scorer: Brisbane: Henrique (4)
Perth: Andy Keogh (5)
*Little bit late and a bit shorter this week due to the storm, but nevertheless- here we go.
It’s been another massive week in the history of Brisbane Roar, with head coach Mike Mulvey sacked in the aftermath of last weekend loss down in Melbourne. We’ve covered that extensively earlier in the week, so now it’s time to look ahead to tomorrows game- the first in the Frans Thijssen era. Despite all of that off field drama, this looms as a must win game for Brisbane, otherwise they’re in real danger of becoming cut adrift of the top six.
Selection wise it seems to be a case of giving those who played last week down in Melbourne the first chance to impress the new boss, with Corey Brown coming in for Shane Stefanutto the only likely change in the starting side. Of course even if Thijssen wanted to change things up, he’s limited in what he can do with five first team players out injured.
Perth on the other hand are a settled side and it would seem likely that they would field the same XI that got the win against Wellington last Friday night. The only change that they have to make is on the bench where Ruben Zadkovich is suspended after being sent off last week, just 17 seconds after coming off the bench. Sidnei Sciola, who is returning from injury, looms as the most likely candidate to step onto the bench.
Expected Brisbane XI: Young, Bowles, North, Smith, Brown, Petratos, Brattan, McKay, Henrique, Broich, Borrello.
Substitutes: Acton, Donachie, Lustica, Brady, Kurtishi.
Expected Perth XI: Vukovic, Risdon, Djulbic, Thwaite, Jamieson, Griffiths, Marinkovic, De Silva, Garcia, Hersi, Keogh.
Substitutes: Duncan, Ferreira, Nichols Sciola, Harold.
Omitted: Maclaren, O’Neill.
– Tomorrows game will of course be the first game in charge for interim manager Frans Thijssen. He becomes the sixth person to coach a Brisbane side in a competitive game. Of the previous five, only Miron Bleiberg won his first game, the other four all lost.
This weekend is a triple header for Brisbane teams will all three playing at home. First up tomorrow the W-League side will play their final home game of the season against Canberra United. The match is unfortunately a dead rubber after the ladies were eliminated from the finals race after a loss in Melbourne two weeks ago. Kick-off at Lang Park is from 1.00pm.
Rounding out the weekend the National Youth League are set to take on Sydney FC on Sunday afternoon at the unfamiliar surrounds of Dumore Park- home of Toowong FC. There may or may not be a change in venue after the storm that hit yesterday, but if there is we’ll let you know. Kick-off is set down for 2.30pm.