AFC Champions League 2017 Matchday 2 Preview

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After a tough loss at home on Saturday afternoon Brisbane Roar are on the road again for the first of four straight road games across both the League and Champions League which will define the sides season. Trips to Kashima, Adelaide an Newcastle are to follow over the next few weeks, but for now it’s K-League side Ulsan Hyundai tonight in matchday two of the AFC Champions League.

Brisbane looked flat at the weekend against a desperate Wellington side and were made to pay the price, the question now however is just how much they’ve been able to freshen up ahead of what is an important game in the context of the whole group. With back to back games against J-League champion Kashima Antlers to follow on Matchday 3 and 4, tonight’s game takes on added significance.

What have they done lately?
Ulsan are still in the final stages of their pre-season, with the 2017 K-League season begins at the weekend, with Ulsan playing host to Pohang Steelers. So far in competitive games this season, Ulsan have scored just the one goal in their two games this season.

In the AFC Champions League Ulsan struggled to get past Hong Kong champions Kitchee FC, drawing 1-1 before progressing to the Group Stage on penalties before losing 2-0 away from home to Kashima Antlers.

You can find out more about Ulsan Hyundai in our getting to know you post –link– and our chat with K-League United.

Squads

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Expected Line-ups
Brisbane Roar will still be without Corey Brown and Daniel Bowles for this game, however it seems that everyone else will be fit and available for this game in a huge boost for John Aloisi.

The biggest selection issue for John Aloisi figures to be a choice between Kye Rowles and Joe Caletti, with Matt McKay set to start either at left back or in midfield depending on the selection. Given how solid Kye Rowles looked at the weekend, it’s likely that he gets the start on the left side of defence ahead of Joe Caletti who looked tired against the Phoenix.

Brisbane XI- Hingert, Crestani, North, Rowles, Kristensen, McKay, Holman, Borrello, Oar, Maclaren.
Substitutes- Theo, Ingham, Pepper, Caletti, Arana, Broich, D’Agostino.

With the South Korean side it’s very difficult to gauge given the league season is yet to get underway and we have a small sample size to go from. Add in a range of different formations as outlined in our chat with K-League United it’s hard to know exactly who will play for the South Korean side. Below is the team that Kim Do-Hoon picked for the matchday 1 loss away to Kashima Antlers last week.

Ulsan- Yong Dae, Ki Je Lee, Min Soo, Chi Gon, Chang Soo, Seung Gyu, Sang Wun, Jae Yong, Orsic, Jong Ho, Kovacec.
Substitutes- Suhuk, In Sung, Myung Jae, Seung Hyun, Yong Jin, Windbichler, Petratos.

Group Preview
Elsewhere tonight in Group E Thai Champions Muanthong United play host to current group leader Kashima Antlers, in a game that kicks off at the same time as the Ulsan-Brisbane game.

With tonight’s fixtures taking us to the 1/3 mark of the Group Stage, we will know a lot more about how the group is shaping up tomorrow morning. In the meantime here’s the table going into Matchday 2.

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All-Time record against Ulsan Hyundai

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