2017-18 Round 4 Match PreviewPosted: October 27, 2017
Round 4 of the A-League and Brisbane Roar find themselves in a somewhat unfamiliar position on the bottom of the A-League and without any points to show as they make the trip across the Tasman to face Wellington Phoenix.
There were signs of improvement in the second half last Sunday against the Jets –in addition to the much debated VAR intervention- the truth is John Aloisi’ side didn’t create enough chances to get something from the game.
While the result went against Brisbane last week, new signing Eric Bautheac showed encouraging signs on his debut and with an extra week here in Brisbane he should be better again the second time around. An improvement across the board however will be needed, with the Roar struggling to create clear cut goalscoring chances and conceding two goals in each of the opening three games.
Shannon Brady- Foot (TBC)
Daniel Bowles- Knee (TBC)
Corey Brown- Hamstring (6 weeks)
Thomas Kristensen- Hamstring (2 weeks)
With Corey Brown the latest addition to an ever growing injury list John Aloisi will be forced into atleast one change from last weekends starting side, with Jade North likely to switch to left back to accommodate the return of Jack Hingert to the starting side for the first time since the opening round. It remains to be seen if he opts for any further changes to his squad, or if he gives those in the side another chance to impress.
Expected Brisbane Roar XI– Theo, Hingert, Devere, Papadopoulos, North, Caletti, McKay, Holman, Ben Khalfallah, Bautheac, Maccarone.
Substitutes- Young, Ingham, Oxborrow, Skapetis, D’Agostino.
Omitted- O’Toole, Akbari.
Despite picking up just one point from the opening three rounds of the season, Wellington have been highly competitive in each of their games to date and with a bit more luck and better finishing in the final third could find themselves higher on the table. The addition of former Roar duo Dario Vidosic and Andrija Kaluderovic has boosted their attacking options, with Vidosic scoring in the first two rounds of the season.
Injury Update Marco Rossi- Groin
With Marco Rossi succumbing to a groin injury, the potential return of club captain Andrew Durante is a welcome piece of news for Wellington manger Darije Kalezic. The ‘Nix boss however has suggested that Durante would only feature if he was 100% fit to play, with Tom Doyle the likely replacement if the All Whites defender falls short.
Outside of that Kalezic will have Gui Finkler available for the first time this season after he missed the first three games with injury, posing an interesting selection dilemma. Should Finkler be restored to the starting side, Matt Ridenton or Michael McGlinchey would appear to be the logical players to make way.
Expected Wellington Phoenix XI– Smith, Galloway, Mullen, Durante, Abbas, Paracki, Ridenton, Krishna, McGlinchey, Vidosic, Kaluderovic.
Substitutes- Italiano, Doyle, Rufer, Finkler, Watson.
Omitted– Parkhouse, Rogerson.
Stats, Facts & Figures
– A loss for Brisbane will make this their worst ever start to an A-League campaign, eclipsing that of the 2014-15 season.
All-Time Record against Wellington Phoenix