2016-17 ACL Matchday 5 PreviewPosted: April 26, 2017
While Brisbane have continued to progress in the A-League and find themselves in the Semi-Finals, on the ACL stage the Roar kept their hopes alive two weeks ago with a strong home performance against Kashima Antlers.
Goals from Jamie Maclaren and Brett Holman were enough keep Brisbane’s hopes of progression alive in what was Brisbane’s best performance of the Group Stage so far, and they’ll need to replicate that performance tonight in order to get the result in Thailand.
What have they done lately?
Muanthong United have surprised many people to top Group E after four matches, although given the rise of Thai football perhaps we shouldn’t be as surprised.
Currently Muanthong United sit top of Group E with two matches remaining, and will be confident of progression to the last 16 for the first time. They will also be confident of maintaining a 100% home record in this years competition, having already defeated Kashima Antlers and Ulsan Hyundai earlier in the group stage.
Things are going equally well on the domestic front for Muanthong who sit top of the Thai Premier League after 10 matches, one points clear of Buriram United.
ACL Group outlook
With two games to play Group E has tightened up with all four sides still having a chance to progress, although it’s Muanthong and Kashima who currently occupy the spots for progression to the last 16.
For Brisbane, due to the head to head tiebreakers and their heavy losses to Ulsan and Kashima, will need to win their final games in order to progress. Ulsan Hyundai, who Brisbane will play on the final matchday, find themselves in a similar situation.
With one eye on the A-League Finals clash against Melbourne Victory on Sunday evening in the Victorian Capital, John Aloisi has opted to leave a number of first team players back in Brisbane to prepare. From Friday’s starting line-up, only Luke DeVere, Joe Caletti, Brandon Borrello and Thomas Broich made the trip to Thailand, while substitutes Jamie Young and Nicholas D’Agostino also made the trip.
That means many of Brisbane’s talented youngsters figure to get another chance to show their wears on the continental showpiece in a game which the Roar must win to keep their hopes alive. Joining the youngsters in Thailand for the game however is Manuel Arana who is making his return from a hamstring injury.
Likely Brisbane Roar XI- Young, Ingham, Crestani, DeVere, Rowles, Pepper, Caletti, Arana, Borrello, Broich, D’Agostino.
Substitutes- Bilic, O’Toole, Konstandopoulos, Brady, Katebian.
Last time out Muanthong surprised a lot of people with their ability to control large parts of the game and were unlucky not to get more out of the game, with Teerasil Dangda the star of their many Thailand internationals. Striker Xisco, who was a new arrival at the time, was a handful on the night and figures to be the main danger tonight.
Instead of speculating on who might take the field for Muanthong, here’s the side which defeated Ulsan Hyundai in Matchday 4 two weeks ago.
Likely Muanthong United XI- Kawin, Do, Aoyama, Celio, Bunmathan, Tossakai, Lee, Nawanno, Dangda, Songkrasin, Xisco.
Substitutes- Thongsong, Notchaiya, Kraisorn, Thinjom, Caikultewin, Kulasuwan, Phadungchok.
All-Time Record against Muanthong United