2017-18 Round 10 Match Preview- Brisbane Roar v Wellington PhoenixPosted: December 8, 2017
After a hard fought and much needed win away from home last weekend, Brisbane return home for the holidays with a run of five home games in six weeks, a run which starts tomorrow at the ‘home away from home’ of CBUS Stadium on the Gold Coast against Wellington Phoenix.
Goals from striker Massimo Maccarone and substitute Ivan Franjic were enough to guarantee the three points for Brisbane on a rainy afternoon on the Gold Coast and the Roar will no doubt be looking to use that win as the catalyst for a resurgence as the season reaches the 1/3 complete mark.
Wellington for their part will be looking to bounce back after another disappointing second half fade out at home after they coughed up a 2-0 halftime lead to Melbourne Victory last Sunday, going on to lose 3-2 thanks to a late James Troisi goal.
This will be the second time these two sides have faced off down on the Coast, with the first of those meetings occurring back in 2011 with the game moved from Suncorp Stadium due to the floods which engulfed Brisbane in January of that year. Two late goals from James Meyer were enough to give Brisbane the win on that occasion.
Michael Theo- Finger (2 weeks)
Luke Devere- Knee (10 weeks)
Avram Papadopoulos- Suspended (6 weeks)
Jade North- Groin (1 week)
Thomas Kristensen- Hamstring (2 weeks)
Brett Holman- Knock (1 week)
Shannon Brady- Foot (TBC)
Recent Form WLWDD
Top Scorer Massimo Maccarone (4)
John Aloisi is expected to be afforded a rare luxury this week by naming an unchanged starting XI after last weekends win over the Wanderers. That should mean another start for young attacking duo Peter Skapetis and Nick D’Agostino, which would mean the likes of Corey Brown and Ivan Franjic will have to be content with a place amongst the substitutes bench for another week. Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Jade North and Brett Holman are expected to return in the next couple of weeks to increase the competition for places in the matchday squad.
Expected Brisbane Roar XI- Young, Hingert, Pepper, Bowles, O’Toole, Caletti, McKay, Skapetis, D’Agostino, Bautheac, Maccarone.
Substitutes- White, Brown, Oxborrow, Franjic, Gameiro.
Omitted- Ingham, Ben Khalfallah.
Wellington have been fast starters in the A-League this season including when these two sides met in Round 4, however they have also been unable to finish off their good work by allowing teams back into matches. All up this season Darije Kalezic’s side have coughed up seven points from winning positions in just nine rounds, which would see the Nix comfortably in the top six if they closed out the games.
Recent Form LLWLD
Top Scorer Andrija Kaluderovic (7)
Today’s sudden departure of marquee attacking midfielder Gui Finkler leaves a massive hole in the Phoenix line-up, which is exacerbated by injuries for Michael McGlinchey and Roy Krishna picked up in last weeks loss to the Victory. Those injuries however will provide an opportunity for others with Adam Parkhouse, Ali Abbas and Hamish Watson all set for extended playing time in future weeks, while academy graduates Sarpeet Singh and Logan Rogerson also stand a chance of getting minutes.
Expected Wellington Phoenix XI- Italiano, Mullen, Durante, Rossi, Doyle, Paracki, Ridenton, Abbas, Vidosic, Parkhouse, Kaluderovic.
Substitutes– Smith, Galloway, Rufer, Singh, Watson.
2017-18 Record v Wellington Phoenix
Round 4– Wellington Phoenix 3-3 Brisbane Roar
Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brendan White will become the 137th player to represent Brisbane Roar if he makes his debut in this match.
All-Time Record against Wellington Phoenix