Round 25 preview: Adelaide United vs. Brisbane Roar

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After this weeks disappointment in Suwon left the Champions League campaign all but over, Brisbane now return to domestic duty desperately trying to salvage something from what has been a disappointing season.

These sides go into this game in contrasting shapes, with Adelaide coming off a good win in Sydney last week and chasing at worst a top 2 spot, while Brisbane have one win in 5 and are trying to claw back ground. They go into the weekend six points behind sixth placed Melbourne City, albeit with a game in hand with City hosting Wellington on Sunday afternoon.

There’s a chance they may not have to worry about catching City however, with news expected this afternoon on Perth’s alleged salary cap cheating.

Squads

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Brisbane will be without their first choice defenders for a game they need may need to win to salvage their season, with Shane Stefanutto and James Donachie returning from Korea with injuries, joining Jade North, Jerome Polenz and regular keeper Michael Theo all out injured.

That opens the door for fringe players Jack Hingert and Daniel Bowles, while Lachlan Jackson will add to what is already a young bench. Further forward it’s likely to be the same players that started against Suwon, with the one potential change of Lustica coming in for Petratos which would result in Broich moving back to the front third.

Expected Brisbane XI: Young, Hingert, Bowles, DeVere, Brown, Broich, Brattan, McKay, Petratos, Borrello, Solórzano.
Substitutes: Chalmers, Jackson, Clut, Lustica, Brady.
Adelaide have no such worries when picking their side, with Tarek Elrich returning from suspension, while Pablo Sanchez is fit once again. Sanchez will likely start on the bench, while, Elrich’s return will likely see a reshuffle of Osama Malik from LB to CM and Sergio Cirio back into the front third.

Expected Adelaide XI: Galekovic, Marrone, Boogaard, McGowan, Elrich, Malik, Isaias, Jeggo, Cirio, Goodwin, Djite.
Substitutes: Izzo, Watson, Sanchez, Kamau, Mabil.
Omitted: Konstandopoulos.

Form
Brisbane: LWLLL
Adelaide: WWDWL

Top Scorer
Brisbane: Henrique (8)
Adelaide: Marcelo Carrusca (8)

This season against Adelaide United
FFA Cup- Round of 16
Adelaide United (2) Djite 35’, Cirio 47’
Brisbane Roar (0)

Round 1
Brisbane Roar (1) Broich 20’
Adelaide United (2) Djite 33’, O.G-Donachie 56’

Round 10
Adelaide United (0)
Brisbane Roar (1) Henrique 18’

The first meeting between these two occurred just prior to the start of the season in the FFA Cup Round of 16, with eventual winners Adelaide winning 2-0 with goals either side of half time.

Both league meetings this season between these two sides have been close affairs, with the Reds taking victory on the opening weekend thanks to an unfortunate own goal. Brisbane got a dose of revenge however, with Henrique’s early goal and some last ditch defending earning them a win in round 10.

All-time record against Adelaide United

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Tomorrow night is Brisbane’s final away game of the regular season, with their final three games to be played here in Brisbane, and they’ll be looking to end what has been a decent away campaign. While a record of 5 wins, 2 draws and 6 defeats away from home isn’t title winning form, it’s not terrible either. It’s not the away form which has cost Brisbane this year, it’s a return of the home team woes.

Elsewhere this weekend there’s the fist Perry Park derby of the season with Brisbane playing against the Strikers at Perry Park tomorrow night. The game counts as a Strikers home game, with both sides looking to continue an unbeaten start to their 2015 seasons. Kick-off at Perry Park is set down for 6.00pm.

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