2017-18 A-League Round 12 Match Preview- Brisbane Roar v Perth GloryPosted: December 20, 2017
Round 12 of the A-League and Brisbane Roar play their final home game for 2017 as Brisbane Roar take on Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
Brisbane made a slow start on Sunday evening against the Victory and despite a second half fight back from the Roar, it was Melbourne who ran away with an important three points which propelled them back into the finals race.
The big story of the last week has been the continually growing injury crisis which sees nine players currently out with injuries as John Aloisi seeks to fight out reason for the lengthy list which has destabilised his squad so far this season.
The initial theory of the training ground being the root cause of the problem has been debunked however with independent experts coming in this week claiming the clubs Ballymore training base is up to standard, so the search for answers is now seemingly back at square one.
Michael Theo- Finger (2 weeks)
Avram Papadopoulos- Suspended (4 games)
Jade North- Groin (1 week)
Ivan Franjic- Quad (2 weeks)
Brett Holman- Knock (1 week)
Shannon Brady- Foot (TBC)
Eric Bautheac- Hamstring (6 weeks)
Recent Form– LDWLW
Top Scorer– Massimo Maccarone (5)
There is some relief from the injury crisis for John Aloisi with the return of Luke Devere from a knee injury along with attacking duo Corey Gameiro and Nick D’Agostino who both missed Sunday’s loss to Melbourne Victory. It wouldn’t be Brisbane Roar at the moment however if the injury list didn’t get a new name and the unfortunate player this week is Ivan Franjic, who is out with a quad injury which he picked up on Sunday evening.
Selection wise it’s likely that D’Agostino will return to the starting line-up in place of the injured Franjic, while Corey Brown could get his left full-back spot back from Connor O’Toole. Outside of that it’s unlikely that other changes would be made given the extensive injury list, however this could be a good time to give Massimo Maccarone a rest from the starting line-up.
Expected Brisbane Roar XI– Young, Hingert, Bowles, Pepper, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Skapetis, D’Agostino, Ben Khalfallah, Maccarone.
Substitutes– White, O’Toole, Oxborrow, Akbari, Gameiro.
Omitted- Devere, Leck.
Perth Glory have seen a rather similar start to the season as the Roar, with a raft of injuries leading to inconsistent performances and a place just on the edge of the finals and playing catch-up as the halfway mark of the season arrives.
Perth’s form has been inconsistent this season however of their four wins, three were at home with Kenny Lowe’s side losing five of seven trips away from the west this season. Glory’s only win away from home this season was in November against City, with Perth 13 goals on the road this term.
At the weekend the Glory had a 1-0 win at home over Wellington Phoenix, with marquee Diego Castro capping another impressive performance securing the only goal of the game.
Recent Form– WLLWL
Top Scorer– Adam Taggart (3)
Andy Keogh is available for Kenny Lowe tonight after overcoming injury, as will Alex Grant who will strengthen a defence which has conceded more goals than anyone other than bottom placed Wellington this season. Young star Jacob Italiano is however out of tonight’s game as he concludes a transfer to German Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach, a path which former Brisbane attacker Kwame Yeboah took back in 2013.
Expected Perth Glory XI– Reddy, Walker, Grant, Lowry, Mills, Harold, Nichols, Wilson, Chianese, Castro, Keogh.
Substitutes– Feely, Poscoliero, Brimmer, Andreu, Knowles.
Omitted– Timmins, Mustafa.
All-Time Record against Perth Glory