2016-17 A-League Round 21 Preview- Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix

It’s the middle of another busy patch for Brisbane Roar as they play their third game in eight days against Wellington Phoenix today at Suncorp Stadium. While there is little relief in sight with the fixture congestion throwing up an Asian Champions League game away to Ulsan on Saturday, today’s game against 8th placed Wellington is an important one in the context of the A-League.

With last nights win for Sydney FC, Brisbane now have a chance to move back into third place on the A-League table with a win, an opportunity which is an important one given the upcoming fixture congestion for John Aloisi side.

Despite fighting on multiple fronts at the moment, John Aloisi side have done an excellent job of maintaining a top four place on the A-League table, with an 8 game unbeaten run in all competitions which dates back to the first time these two sides met this season in round 16.

What have they done lately?
After a brief upturn in results following the departure of Ernie Merrick, Wellington have again began to slide down the table with the Nix winless in their last five games, the last of which was a comprehensive 5-1 home defeat at the hands of Melbourne City last weekend.

This latest poor run of form for the Phoenix has seen them drop to 8th on the A-League table, five points behind the sixth placed Western Sydney as we enter the final third of the season.

Going into this game, three of Wellingtons players have been removed from consideration for an off field breach, with Tom Doyle, Ryan Lowry and Roly Bonevacia left back home in New Zealand.

Expected line-ups
Brisbane-
Theo, Hingert, Crestani, North, McKay Kristensen, Caletti, Borrello, Holman, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutes- Young, Rowles, Konstandopoulos, Arana, Katebian.
Omitted- O’Toole, Brady.

Wellington- Moss, Tratt, Rossi, Durante, Parkhouse, Rodriguez, Lia, Ridenton, Barbarouses, Krishna, Smeltz.
Substitutes- Italiano, Fox, McGarry, Singh, Watson.
Omitted- Sail, Rogerson.

Stats and Facts
– Jade North is set to make his 100th A-League game for Brisbane Roar, becoming just the 11th player to reach the feat.
– Kye Rowles could become the 125th player to represent Brisbane Roar if he makes his debut in this match.

All-Time record against Wellington Phoenix

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