2017-18 A-League Round 13 Match Preview- Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar


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After conceding the points late in the pre-Christmas fixture against Perth Glory, Brisbane head to Adelaide for their final game of 2017 on Saturday afternoon in Round 13 of the A-League season.

Brisbane played quite well for the first 60 minutes against the Glory last week with returning midfielder Thomas Kristensen outlining his importance to the side with a vintage performance in midfield, before the lack of fitness for the retuning players showed as Perth pounced to secure the points.

This week Brisbane head to an Adelaide side who have been one of the League’s better sides this season for a game which isn’t a must win in terms of keeping the season alive, however with Champions League qualification on the horizon and the potential for a busy schedule over the second half of the season picking up points is vital.

Injury Update
Michael Theo- Finger (2 weeks)
Daniel Bowles- Hamstring (1 week)
Avram Papadopoulos- Suspended (3 games)
Jade North- Groin (TBC)
Joe Caletti- Foot (10 weeks)
Brett Holman- Knock (1 week)
Ivan Franjic- Quad (2 weeks)
Eric Bautheac- Hamstring (4 weeks)
Nicholas D’Agostino- Ankle (TBC)

Recent Form– LLDWL
Top Scorer– Massimo Maccarone (6)

Team news
The injury crisis continues at the Roar with Nick D’Agostino (ankle) and Daniel Bowles (hamstring) added to the extensive injury list. There is some good news on the injury front however with Shannon Brady set to make his first appearance of the season in the National Youth League this weekend.

The injury for D’Agostino opens up a spot in the front third for somebody else and the likes of Corey Gameiro and youngster Rahmat Akbari in line for a first start of the season. John Aloisi was coy about who would get the chance at training on Friday morning, however given the cautious approach taken with Gameiro so far it could be the youngster Akbari who makes his first start in the senior team.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI– Young, Hingert, Devere, Pepper, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Akbari, Skapetis, Ben Khalfallah, Maccarone.
Substitutes– White, O’Toole, Oxborrow, Leck, Gameiro.
Omitted- D’Agostino, Ingham.

The opposition
Despite an injury list which at times has rivalled that of Brisbane, Adelaide have seen a resurgence this season under Marco Kurz who has instilled a strong work ethic with the Reds this season. The upside of injuries is always the chance for younger players to impress and that has been the case for the Reds with Ryan Strain, Mark Ochieng, Ben Warland, George Blackwood, Ryan Kitto and former Brisbane midfielder Nathan Konstandopoulos all getting a regular run in the side.

Recent Form– WLWLW
Top Scorer– Ryan Kitto (5)

Team News
Marco Kurz will welcome back Danish winger Johan Absalonsen from a prolonged injury forced absence for this game. Defender Ersan Gulum is also available once again having served his suspension, however Vince Lia will miss the game due to a knee injury.

Expected Adelaide United XI– Izzo, Strain, Elsey, Gulum, Garuccio, Konstandopoulos, Isaias, Adlung, Mileusnic, Kitto, Blackwood.
Substitutes– Margush, Marrone, Ochieng, Absalonsen, Stamatelopoulos.
Omitted– Regan, O’Doherty.

2017-18 Record v Adelaide United Round 2– Brisbane Roar (Maccarone 8’) 1-2 Adelaide United (Kitto 88’, Absalonsen 90+2’)

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Matt McKay will make his 250th first team appearance for Brisbane Roar in this game

– Brendan White will become the 138th player to represent Brisbane Roar if he makes an appearance.

All-Time Record against Adelaide United



2017-18 A-League Round 12 Match Preview- Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory


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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.

Injury Update
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)

Team news
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.

The opposition
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)

Team News
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


2017-18 W-League Round 7 Match Preview- Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets


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After an impressive win away from home in Canberra last week thanks to a second half goal from Tameka Butt, Brisbane Roar return home for a Sunday afternoon clash with Newcastle Jets at A.J. Kelly Park in Redcliffe.

Much was made of Brisbane’s lack of goals last season –a number which looks much improved this term-, at the other end the Roar conceded a club record 21 goals in 2016-17. This season Brisbane have conceded just five – four of those came in Round 2 against Perth- with three straight clean sheets emphasising the newfound defensive resolve.

Injury Update Nil.

Team news
Mel Andreatta has the luxury of a full squad available at her disposal this week with no injuries within the squad and will likely field the same team which performed so impressively in the nations capital last Sunday. That would mean experienced duo Amy Chapman and Ayesha Norrie would be on the outside looking in, but that only serves to outline the depth in talent in the Roar squad this season.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI- Arnold, Torpey, Polkinghorne, O’Brien, Pickett, Boureille, Butt, Gorry, Raso, Lloyd, Cheung.

Worth, Tathem, Toby, Gielnik.

Omitted- Chapman, Norrie.

The opposition Newcastle enter the weekend in fourth position on the table and have been going under the radar so far in season 2017-18 with three wins from five games so far this season. That run of wins includes a last start 2-1 win away from home against Adelaide United on Saturday night thanks to goals from Katie Stengel and Tori Huster.

Newcastle Jets squad 2.Hannah BREWER, 3.Natasha PRIOR, 5.Arin GILLILAND, 6.Cassidy DAVIS, 8.Sophie NENADOVIC, 9.Katie STENGEL, 10.Emily VAN EGMOND, 11.Cortnee VINE, 12.Tara ANDREWS 14.Tara PENDER, 16.Nikola ORGILL, 17.Jenna KINGSLEY, 18. Clare WHEELER, 20.Claire COEHLO (gk), 21.Pana PETRATOS, 23.Tori HUSTER, 28.Britt ECKERSTROM (gk) **Two to be omitted**

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brisbane and Newcastle have met previously at A.J. Kelly Park, with the Jets running out comprehensive 4-0 winners in Round 6 of the 2015-16 season.

2017-18 Round 10 Match Preview- Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix


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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.

Injury Update
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)

Team news
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.

The opposition
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)

Team News
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.

Omitted- Rogerson.

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


A-League Round 9 Preview- Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar

After last weeks disappointing showing against Sydney FC, Brisbane make their second successive trip to the Harbour City as they take on Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday evening.

John Aloisi will no doubt be hoping for more form his senior players in this game after they failed to fire against the defending Champions last week, and in truth for the first third of the season.

Western Sydney for their part are beginning to show signs of clicking under new boss Josep Gombau, who will no doubt be looking forward to his first home fixture as Wanderers boss after taking over last month.

Injury Update
Shannon Brady- Foot (TBC)
Luke Devere- Knee (10 weeks)
Brett Holman- Knock (1 week)
Thomas Kristensen- Hamstring (2 weeks)
Jade North- Groin (1 week)
Avram Papadopoulos- Suspended (TBC*)
Michael Theo- Finger (2 weeks)

* The decision on how many games Papadopoulos would serve for his red card was reserved, with a decision expected to be made next week.

Recent Form– LWDDD

Top Scorer- Massimo Maccarone & Avram Papadopoulos (3)

Team news
The poorly timed suspension of Papadopoulos left Brisbane in a real hole at the back with all four central defenders unviable, however the unexpected return of Daniel Bowles after just two Youth League appearances is a blessing for John Aloisi.

As is the return of Corey Brown who has missed the last five games after picking up a hamstring injury at home to Newcastle in Round 3. Further forward the return of Peter Skapetis adds to Aloisi’ options, however that is offset by the news Brett Holman will miss out after picking up a knock last week.

Nick D’Agostino is likely to take his place in the starting side, with Corey Gameiro likely to return to the bench after his two goal effort on Sunday in the NYL.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI- Young, Hingert, Pepper, Bowles, Brown, Caletti, McKay, Ben Khalfallah, D’Agostino, Bautheac, Maccarone.
Substitutes- White, Franjic, Oxborrow, Skapetis, Gameiro.
Omitted- Ingham, O’Toole.

The opposition
As mentioned Western Sydney are starting to find their feet under new manager Josep Gombau, although like Brisbane they will be looking to bounce back from a defeat last weekend to Adelaide United.

That loss however has been the only one of the campaign to date for the Wanderers, with a succession of draws -Western Sydney have drawn five of their first seven games- hindering their progress so far in 2017-18.

Recent Form– LDDDD

Top Scorer
– Oriol Riera (4)

Team News
After Robert Cornthwaite was somewhat controversially sent off last week for a handball on the advice of the VAR Josep Gombau will need to reshuffle is defence, with Brendan Hamill and Jonathan Aspropotamitis in contention for a start at the heart of defence.

In addition to that forced change, it’s likely that Kearyn Baccus will return to the starting line-up for this game in place of Jacob Melling. Former Brisbane midfielder Steven Lustica will however not feature having played in the Youth League on Friday night against Sydney FC.

Expected Western Sydney Wanderers XI- Janjetovic, Risdon, Thwaite, Aspropotamitis, Llorente, Baccus, Bonevacia, Kusukami, Cejudo, Sotirio, Riera.
Substitutes- Hall, Hamill, Melling, Bridge, Santalab.
Omitted– Clisby, Lustica.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– ANZ Stadium will become the 34th venue Brisbane Roar have played a competitive game.

– So far in 2017-18, John Aloisi has utilised 25 players, with Daniel Bowles set to become the 26th in just 9 games (all comps). Last year Brisbane used 28 players in all comps.

– Brendan White will become the 137th player to represent Brisbane Roar if he makes his debut this weekend.

– Brisbane Roar are winless in their last 8 games away from home (all comps).

All-Time Record against Western Sydney Wanderers



2017-18 Round 8 A-League Preview


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2017-18 Round 82 Match Preview After a first win of the season last week at home to Melbourne City, Brisbane Roar make their first of two successive trips to the Harbour City. Next weekend will see Brisbane face the Red and Black half of Sydney, however for this weekend it’s a trip to defending Champions Sydney FC, who lifted a third trophy of 2017 when they won the FFA Cup on Wednesday.

As mentioned Brisbane go into this weekends encounter on the back of a much needed first win of the season, putting in their best performance of the season so far in a 3-1 win over Melbourne City. For their part Sydney FC bounced back from a disappointing showing away to Central Coast with a win over Newcastle in a top of the table clash last weekend, before emerging victorious in the Cup Final.

Recent Form– LDDDW
Top Goalscorer– Avram Papadopoulos, Massimo Maccarone (3)

Injury Update
Michael Theo- Finger (3 weeks)
Luke Devere- Knee (10 weeks)
Corey Brown- Hamstring (2 weeks)
Jade North- Groin (1 week)
Thomas Kristensen- Hamstring (TBC)
Shannon Brady- Foot (TBC)

Team news
Coming off a first win of the season John Aloisi will be reluctant to make any changes to a winning side, which should see the makeshift central defensive pairing of Jacob Pepper and Avram Papadopoulos continue. The return from international duty of Dane Ingham and the now fit Ivan Franjic are contenders for a spot in the matchday squad to provide some additional defensive options off the bench.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI– Young, Hingert, Pepper, Papadopoulos, O’Toole, Caletti, McKay, Holman, Ben Khalfallah, Bautheac, Maccarone.
Substitutes– White, Franjic, Oxborrow, Skapetis, D’Agostino.
Omitted– Ingham, Reardon.

The opposition
Last season’s double winners completed the domestic set on Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory over Adelaide in the 2017 FFA Cup Final and the Sky Blues have marked themselves down as a strong contender to retain their title with a strong start to the season.

Team News
Having played in that FFA Cup Final midweek there will no doubt be some tired legs in Graham Arnold’s squad, however as of now there has been no indication that anyone has been ruled out or would be rested from this weekends encounter. Amongst those potentially in doubt include Alex Brosque and Milos Ninkovic who went off in the second half of normal time due to niggling injuries, and Michael Zullo and Adrian Mierzewski who suffered cramp in the latter stages of extra time.

Recent Form– WLWWD
Top Goalscorer– Bobo (5)

Expected Sydney FC XI- Redmayne, Wilkshire, Wilkinson, Buijs, Zullo, O’Neill, Brillante, Ninkovic, Brosque, Mierzewski, Bobo.
Substitutes– Heward-Belle, Ryall, Retre, Carney, Simon.
Omitted– Kalik, Lokolingoy.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brendan White and Aaron Reardon will become the 137th and 138th players to represent Brisbane Roar if they make their debut

– So far in 2017-18, Brisbane Roar have already used 24 different players in all competitions, with Franjic, White and Reardon potentially set to become the 25th, 26th and 27th in just 9 games.

All-Time Record against Sydney FC



2017-18 A-League Round 6 Match Preview


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Round six of the 2017-18 season and Brisbane Roar remain in search of their first win of the season when they take on Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night in a clash between two sides who find themselves 7th and 9th on the table.

Despite picking up a second straight draw at home against Central Coast on Sunday, questions remain over the fitness and fluidity of John Aloisi’ side after the Mariners outplayed and ran over the top of Brisbane in the second half at Suncorp Stadium in what is becoming an alarming trend.

This game is also the first return to Melbourne for Brisbane winger Fahid Ben Khalfallah, who spent 3 seasons with the Victory, helping his old side to the double in his first season back in 2014-15.

Injury Update
Michael Theo- Finger (4 weeks)
Luke Devere- Knee (10 weeks)
Daniel Bowles- Knee (TBC)
Corey Brown- Hamstring (4 weeks)
Thomas Kristensen- Hamstring (2 weeks)
Shannon Brady- Foot (TBC)
Dane Ingham- International Duty (2 weeks)

Team news
John Aloisi will have to change his back four once again with Dane Ingham away on international duty with New Zealand, and to make things worse new signing Ivan Franjic is not in contention to play this weekend due to a lack of fitness. That leaves young defender Connor O’Toole in line to make his A-League debut as the most logical candidate, however Jacob Pepper is a left field option with his experience and utility value. It’s also worth noting that Pepper played on the left side of defence in preseason perhaps with this eventuality in mind.

Outside of that Aloisi will have to decide if he sticks with the players who’ve failed to deliver an elusive win so far or freshen the side up with some new players. If he opts for the latter, the likes of Caletti, D’Agostino will likely come into contention, with Gameiro still a couple of weeks away from starting.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI– Young, Hingert, North, Papadopoulos, O’Toole, Oxborrow, McKay, Holman, Ben Khalfallah, Bautheac, Maccarone.
Substitutes– White, Pepper, Caletti, Skapetis, Gameiro.
Omitted– Sawyer, D’Agostino.

The opposition
This weekend Brisbane find themselves returning to a City they haven’t won in since 2014 against fellow winless side Melbourne Victory, who will be equally desperate to kick start their season. As always there were high expectations of Victory going into the season, but a combination of injuries, suspensions, international duty and poor form leaves the pre-season favourites languishing in 7th place, 10 points off the pace.

Team News
Melbourne Victory have been decimated by international call-ups, with James Troisi, Mark Milligan and Kosta Barbarouses all representing their national teams this weekend in intercontinental WCQ’s, while Mitch Austin is suspended after his red card on Monday night.

The positive news for Kevin Muscat is that reinforcements have arrived in the shape of veteran Leigh Broxham and marquee striker Besart Berisha, who returns from a two game suspension. The return of Berisha will likely result in Leroy George being deployed in a wide midfield role, while Broxham figures to start at left back in place of Stefan Nigro.

Expected Melbourne Victory XI- Thomas, Geria, Deng, Williams, Broxham, Valeri, Sanchez, Hope, Ingham, George, Berisha.
Substitutes- Acton, Nigro, McGilp, Waring, Athiu.

2017-18 Record v Melbourne Victory
FFA Cup Round of 32- Brisbane Roar 1-5 Melbourne Victory.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brendan White and Adam Sawyer could make their Brisbane Roar debut in this game, and would become the 136th and 137th players to do so.

– Brisbane Roar have not won on their last 12 visits to the Victorian capital. Their last win in Melbourne was a 3-0 win over Victory in January 2014.

– Brisbane are winless in their last 9 games, which is a club record.

– This is the worst start Brisbane have had to start any A-League season, with just two points out of a possible fifteen from the first five matches. The previous worst was the 2014-15 season where Brisbane got three points out of fifteen.

All-Time Record against Melbourne Victory