2016-17 Round 13 Preview- Sydney FC v Brisbane RoarPosted: December 30, 2016
While all the talk of unbeaten streaks has surrounded tonight’s opposition, Brisbane Roar have quietly chalked up their own 10 game unbeaten streak, which is their second longest in history.
While the first half last week against the Wanderers was a bit of stalemate –in part due to the pitch-, before the game really opened up in the second half. The big story this week for Brisbane has been around Jamie Maclaren with his future once again generating headlines in the press.
While his record of six goals in eleven game this season is still impressive he’s been a bit flat in recent weeks, and had the chances last week in particular to win the game for his team.
What have they done lately?
Not a lot, Graham Arnold’s side has only gone and become the only side in the history of the A-League to enter round 13 unbeaten, and have been drawing comparisons with Brisbane’s historic side that went 36 games unbeaten.
The Sky Blues long unbeaten run has been underpinned by the form of foreign duo Filip Holosko and Milos Ninkovic, in addition to evergreen former Roar player Alex Brosque, with the trio contributing 17 goals between them.
In addition to that attacking trio, Sydney also possesses the leagues meanest defence with just five goals conceded so far making them an all-round tough proposition.
Brisbane– Jamie Maclaren (6)
Sydney– Alex Brosque (7)
John Aloisi has been consistent in his selection this season with his first XI and substitutes seemingly ingrained in their positions. If there was to be a change in the Brisbane starting XI it would likely be Thomas Broich reverting to a role on the bench, but the 7 day break between games means he should be ready to go.
Brisbane- Theo, Hingert, North, DeVere, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Oar, Petratos, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutes- Young, Bowles, Pepper, Arana, Borrello.
Graham Arnold is also likely to stick with a winning side, although their Monday night clash against Adelaide could see a couple of changes to freshen the side up. Brandon O’Neill could make a return to the side in midfield, while if Arnold chooses to rest any of his attacking stars he has the likes Bernie Ibini and David Carney in reserve.
Sydney- Vukovic, Grant, Wilkinson, Jurman, Zullo, Brillante, O’Neill, Holosko, Ninkovic, Brosque, Bobo.
Substitutes- Oldfield, Ryall, Dimitrijevic, Ibini, Simon.
This season against Sydney FC
Round 7- Brisbane Roar 1-1 Sydney FC
When these two sides met on ‘Maroon Saturday’ back in November it was arguably the toughest test the league leaders have faced, with the sides playing out an entertaining 1-1 draw here in Brisbane.
Josh Brillante’ strike game the visitors a deserved lead and rewarded the visitors for their strong play, before Thomas Kristensen equalised against the run of play to send the sides in even at the break.
The second half was an open, free flowing affair with both sides creating the chances to win the game, with Jamie Maclaren and Bernie Ibini having the best chances for their respective sides.
The big take away from the night however was that despite Sydney’s methodical dominant style of play, Brisbane have both the weapons and the style of play to hurt the league leaders which should make this a good contest.
All-Time Record against Sydney FC