Round 21 Preview- Adelaide United vs. Brisbane Roar

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Round 21 sees Brisbane travel to South Australia for a clash against the league’s inform team in the shape of Adelaide United.

The two enter the clash on the opposite end of the spectrum, with Adelaide sitting on a twelve game unbeaten run while the Roar will be looking to bounce back from a poor defensive showing against Perth.

The focus this week for Brisbane has been to tighten things up at the back after shipping six last week, and with the finals approaching time is running out to shore things up before the business end of the season.

Since the start of 2016, Brisbane have conceded 18 goals in 8 games whereas in the preceding 12 games they conceded just 11.

The good news for Brisbane is they’re still scoring them regularly at the other end, with Jamie Maclaren right there amongst the top strikers in the league. Infact Maclaren has scored in each of his last four games to take his tally to 12 for the season.

Adelaide on the other hand arrive in this game as the leagues inform team, unbeaten in twelve matches on a run which has seen them move to third on the ladder and last up they picked up their first win away to rivals Melbourne Victory in five years.

Things have certainly clicked for the Reds, and the form of winger Craig Goodwin is a big part of, with his surging runs down the left a big part of Adelaide’s attacking arsenal.

At the other end of the park the league’s second best defensive record, in part due to the emergence of youngster Jordan Elsey whose gone from being a squad player to a key part of the starting XI this season.

These two sides have already met twice this season, with Brisbane capitalising on a disorganised Adelaide side in round four with a 3-0 win at home before Adelaide turned the tables just six weeks ago in a 4-1 win.

That night Brisbane were without key attacking duo Brandon Borrello and Jamie Maclaren, but the Roar’s problems were at the other end where they had no answer to Adelaide’s attacking threat.

Squads
Brisbane Roar squad 1) Michael Theo, 3) Shane Stefanutto, 5) Corey Brown, 7) Corona, 8) Steven Lustica, 9) Jamie Maclaren, 10) Henrique, 13) Jade North, 14) Daniel Bowles, 16) Devante Clut, 17) Matt McKay, 18) Javier Hervas, 19) Jack Hingert, 20) Shannon Brady, 21) Jamie Young, 22) Thomas Broich, 23) Dimitri Petratos, 28) Brandon Borrello. *two to be omitted.

Adelaide United Squad 1) Eugene Galekovic, 2) Michael Marrone, 4) Dylan McGowan, 6) Stefan Mauk, 7) Pablo Sanchez, 8) Isaias, 9) Sergio Cirio, 10) Marcelo Carrusca, 11) Bruce Djite, 14) George Mells, 15) Ben Warland, 16) Craig Goodwin, 17) Mate Dugandzic, 20) John Hall, 21) Tarek Elrich, 23) Jordan Elsey, 24) Bruce Kamau, 25) Ruon Tongyik. *two to be omitted.

Expected line-ups
Brisbane Starting XI- Theo, Hingert, North, Bowles, Stefanutto, Petratos, Corona, McKay, Borrello, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutes- Young, Brown, Lustica, Hervas, Henrique.
Omitted- Clut, Brady.

John Aloisi will no doubt be tempted to make sweeping changes to his side following the poor defensive showing in Perth last weekend, but according to reports he’ll make just the one.

James Donachie has picked up a minor knee injury and is set to miss the match, with Daniel Bowles into the starting side to face his former team while Corey Brown will likely be the defensive cover on the bench.

Adelaide Starting XI- Galekovic, Marrone, McGowan, Elsey, Elrich, Mauk, Isaias, Carrusca, Cirio, Goodwin, Djite.
Substitutes- Hall, Warland, Dugandzic, Sanchez, Kamau.
Omitted- Tongyik, Mells.

Adelaide would be crazy to tinker with a side that has gone twelve games unbeaten and picked up a first win in Melbourne for 5 years last week, and with the full squad from last week available to him it’s unlikely he’ll tinker with his team.

If anyone were to be included, it would likely be young George Mells on the bench.

Recent form
Brisbane- LDWWL
Adelaide- WWDWW

Top Scorer
Brisbane- Jamie Maclaren (12)
Adelaide- Marcelo Carrusca (5)

All-Time Record against Adelaide United

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