Round 12 Preview- Brisbane Roar vs. Melbourne City

**The following is a re-post of something I posted over at Football Central- originally dated 26/12/15

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With Christmas now officially behind us and after four straight games on the road Brisbane return to Suncorp on Sunday for the game of the round against Melbourne City.

The last time these two sides played a month ago John Aloisi accused the Victorian side of playing anti-football. Since then City have gone on a four game winning run scoring 17 goals, while the Roar have picked up 7 points out of 12 away from Suncorp which has seen them remain in the leagues top two.

Last week Brisbane dominated possession and territory against a defensive and overall poor Central Coast side, but were forced to wait until the final minutes to win the game thanks to Dimitri Petratos.

City meanwhile had one of the biggest wins in their clubs history, with a 2-1 win in the derby their 4th straight in a result that saw them thoroughly outplay their neighbours in the first half before hanging on to the points in the second.

Brisbane Roar squad
3) Shane Stefanutto, 5) Corey Brown, 7) Corona, 9) Jamie Maclaren, 10) Henrique, 11) Jean Carlos Solórzano, 13) Jade North, 14) Daniel Bowles, 15) James Donachie, 16) Devante Clut, 17) Matt McKay, 18) Javier Hervas, 19) Jack Hingert, 21) Jamie Young, 22) Thomas Broich, 23) Dimitri Petratos, 36) Andre Jannese.
*Two to be omitted

Melbourne City squad
1) Thomas Sorensen, 3) Aaron Hughes, 5) Ivan Franjic, 6) Erik Paartalu, 8) Aaron Mooy, 9) Harry Novillo, 10) Robert Koren, 15) David Williams, 18) Paulo Retre, 19) Ben Garuccio, 20) Tando Velaphi, 21) Stefan Mauk, 22) Jack Clisby, 23) Bruno Fornaroli, 24) Patrick Kisnorbo, 25) Jacob Melling, 34) Stefan Zinni, 36) Matt Millar.
*Two to be omitted

Brisbane will be forced to make at least one change to their squad, with Steven Lustica succumbing to an abdominal injury last week, which should pave the way for goal scorer Dimitri Petratos to return to the side.

There’s unlikely to be any further changes, with Brandon Borrello the favoured option for the spare bench spot, ahead of the perennially unlucky Devante Clut. The likes of  Michael Theo and Luke DeVere are likely to be forced to play another NYL game before being considered for selection.

Expected Brisbane XI
Young, Hingert, Bowles, North, Stefanutto, Corona, Petratos, McKay, Broich, Henrique, Maclaren.
Substitutes: Jannese, Donachie, Hervas, Borrello, Solórzano.
Omitted: Brown, Clut.

City are expected to name an unchanged starting XI from the Victory clash, with the only change coming on the bench where Hernan Espindola was omitted from the squad. Jacob Melling, Stefan Zinni and Matt Millar are in the frame to earn a recall, with Melling the likely favourite.

Expected Melbourne City XI
Sorensen, Franjic, Kisnorbo, Clisby, Garuccio, Retre, Mooy, Paartalu, Mauk, Novillo, Fornaroli.
Substitutes: Velaphi, Hughes, Melling, Koren, Williams.
Omitted: Millar, Zinni.

Recent form
Brisbane: WWLDD
Melbourne: WWWWD

Top Scorer
Brisbane: Jamie Maclaren (6)
Melbourne: Bruno Fornaroli (9)

2015-16 against Melbourne City
Round 7: Brisbane Roar 1-1 Melbourne City

All-Time Record against Melbourne City

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