Round 4 Match Preview- Brisbane Roar vs. Adelaide United

**The following is a re-post of something I posted over at Football Central- originally dated 31/10/15

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Round 4 of the 2015-16 season sees Brisbane home to Adelaide United, with both sides undoubtedly keen to avenge last start losses.

Brisbane went across the Tasman to face Wellington last week, and despite playing some good football at times were undone by a string of defensive errors, resulting in a 3-2 win for the home side.

Those defensive errors were a focal point of training this week seemingly, with Assistant Coach Ross Aloisi reportedly sharing some harsh words with the defenders this week.

Adelaide for their part dropped their first game of the new season on the road against Perth.

Despite the 3-1 score line, it was the Reds who dominated large parts of the game having more possession and shots on goal, but the Glory’s counter attacking strategy paid off.

Both of these sides have shown their fragility in the defensive third this season, particularly on the counter attack so while both sides have probably worked hard on that area of their games this week there should be plenty of chances for both sides.

Recent Form
Brisbane- LWW
Adelaide– LDD

Squads

Brisbane Roar
3) Shane Stefanutto, 5) Corey Brown, 6) Jerome Polenz, 7) Corona, 8) Steven Lustica, 9) Jamie Maclaren, 13) Jade North, 14) Daniel Bowles, 16) Devante Clut, 17) Matt McKay, 19) Jack Hingert, 20) Shannon Brady, 21) Jamie Young, 22) Thomas Broich, 23) Dimitri Petratos, 28) Brandon Borrello, 32) George Lambadaridis, 36) Andre Jannese.
**Two to be omitted.

Adelaide United
2) Michael Marrone, 4) Dylan McGowan, 5) Osama Malik, 7) Pablo Sanchez, 8) Isaias, 9) Sergio Cirio, 10) Marcelo Carrusca, 11) Bruce Djite, 12) Mark Ochieng, 14) George Mells, 15) Ben Warland, 16) Craig Goodwin, 17) Mate Dugandzic, 18) Jimmy Jeggo, 20) John Hall, 21) Tarek Elrich, 28) Antoni Trimboli, 30) John Solari.
**Two to be omitted.

The return to fitness of Shane Stefanutto provides an interesting dilemma for John Aloisi, who after some defensive fragilities last week will no doubt be tempted to throw the injury prone veteran straight back into the side.

Should Aloisi opt to start Stefanutto as opposed to bring him back via the substitutes bench, it’s likely that Corey Brown would be the man to sit on the bench to provide a natural left sided option as opposed to moving Hingert over from the right.

The only other selection Aloisi will have to make is in midfield, where he will have to choose between last weeks goal scorer Dimitri Petratos and Steven Lustica, whom he preferred in the last home game against Central Coast.

Expected Brisbane XI:
Young, Hingert, Bowles, North, Stefanutto, Corona, Petratos, McKay, Borrello, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutes: Jannese, Brown, Lambadaridis, Lustica, Clut.
Omitted: Brady, Polenz.

The big selection question for Guillermo Amor will surround Bruce Djite, who is fit and available for the first time this season. With Adelaide having only scored the three goals so far this season, there will no doubt be a huge temptation to bring Djite in to lead the line.

Other than that, I wouldn’t expect too many changes to the Adelaide team which lost to Perth last week, with the Reds controlling large portions of the game.

Expected Adelaide XI:
Hall, Elrich, Elrich, Malik, McGowan, Goodwin, Isaias, Carrusca, Jeggo, Cirio, Sanchez, Djite.
Substitutes: Solari, Warland, Marrone, Mells, Dugandzic.
Omitted: Ochieng, Trimboli.

Stats and Figures
– There hasn’t been a draw between Brisbane and Adelaide since the 1-1 draw in round 25 of the 2011-12 season, a run of 12 games.

– Similarly to last week, should reserve goalkeeper Andre Jannese get any game time, he will become the 114th player to represent Brisbane in a competitive game.

All-Time Record against Adelaide United

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