2016-17 Round 23 Preview- Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar

It’s been another tough week in the AFC Champions League for Brisbane, with their latest loss away from home to Kashima Antlers further diminishing the chances of progression to the last 16. For now however the ACL takes a back seat until the April 12th return bout with Kashima Antlers, which means the battle for 3rd spot in the A-League takes priority.

Given the results already in this split round with Melbourne Victory moving 12 points clear with just four games to play, third place is now the best case scenario for the Roar. There is however some strong competition for the home finals in week one, with Melbourne City, Brisbane and Perth Glory separated by just the one point. Glory’s loss to Victory last week however gives both Brisbane and Melbourne City a leg up in that battle for third.

That battle for Brisbane begins with a trip to Adelaide United on Sunday afternoon in what is a fantastic opportunity to get a leg up on the competition, before returning to Brisbane for three of the final four games of the regular season.

What have they done lately?
Adelaide have been in the A-League cellar for the season so far and currently sit five points behind ninth placed Central Coast and all but out of the finals hunt. As virtue of being the defending A-League Champions Adelaide also find themselves in the Asian Champions League, and similarly to Brisbane find themselves bottom of the group with just one point from nine at the halfway mark.

Due to their struggles this season the Reds have undergone something of a transformation since the last time these two sides met back in round 12, with a number of personnel changes over the January transfer window.

Most notably from a Brisbane perspective Henrique lead the exodus in January as Brisbane’s former Grand Final hero headed for the Thai Premier League and was joined heading for the exit by James Holland –China- and Sergi Guardiola –Spain-. Replacing those are former South Korean international midfielder Kim Jae-Sung, Senegalese striker Baba Diawara and former Socceroo Eli Babalj.

This season against Adelaide United
Round 6-
Adelaide United 1-1 Brisbane Roar
Round 10- Brisbane Roar 4-0 Adelaide United

Brisbane have controlled the majority of the two encounters against the Reds this season with the Roar having the majority of the chances in the round six clash in Adelaide before a one sided contest here in Brisbane a month later.

Expected Line-Ups
Brisbane-
Theo, Hingert, North, Papadopoulos, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Borrello, Holman, Arana, Maclaren.
Substitutes- Young, Crestani, Caletti, Brady, D’Agostino.
Omitted- Rowles, Pepper.

Adelaide- Galekovic, Elrich, McGowan, Regan, Garuccio, Kim, McGree, O’Doherty, Makarounas, Cirio, Diawara.
Substitutes- Margush, Warland, Mells, Mileusnic, Babalj.
Omitted- Ochieng, Marino.

All-Time Record against Adelaide United

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