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Hyundai A-League preview: City v Roar

An undermanned Melbourne City face a resurgent Brisbane Roar side on a high after stunning Shanghai Shenhua in an ACL qualifier in China on Wednesday night.

MATCH DETAILS

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Melbourne City FC v Brisbane Roar FC

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Kick-Off:  7:50PM (Local) (7:50PM (AEDT))

Referee:  Alan Milliner

Assistant Referee 1:  George Lakrindis

Assistant Referee 2:  Wilson Brown

Fourth Official:  Jonathan Barreiro

TV Broadcast:  Live coverage on Fox Sports 505 from 7.45pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 1 (New Zealand)

Radio Broadcast: ABC Radio Melbourne, ABC Radio Brisbane, ABC Radio Vic/Qld, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live, 1116 SEN (Melbourne)

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Melbourne City FC squad:  1.Thomas SORENSEN (gk), 3.Josh ROSE, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 8.Neil KILKENNY, 9.Nicolas COLAZO, 10.Anthony CACERES, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 12.Nick FITZGERALD, 14.Daniel ARZANI, 18.Paulo RETRE, 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 29.Braeydn CROWLEY, 34.Denis GENREAU, 35.Christian CAVALLO, 36.Dylan PIERIAS, 40.Yaren SOZER (gk), 41.Yusuf AHMED

**two to be omitted**

Ins:  3.Josh ROSE (promoted), 12.Nick FITZGERALD (promoted), 14.Daniel ARZANI (promoted), 29.Braeydn CROWLEY (promoted), 34.Denis GENREAU (promoted), 35.Christian CAVALLO (promoted), 36.Dylan PIERIAS (promoted), 40.Yaren SOZER (gk)  (promoted), 41.Yusuf AHMED (promoted)

Melbourne City players during their Round 14 clash against the Wanderers.

Outs:  2.Manny MUSCAT (suspended – 1 match), 6.Osama MALIK (suspended – 1 match), 17.Tim Cahill (suspended – 1 match), 20.Dean BOUZANIS (gk) (suspended – 5 matches), 23. Bruno FORNAROLI (suspended – 1 match), 26.Luke BRATTAN (suspended – 1 match), 27.Fernando BRANDAN (suspended – 1 match)

Unavailable:  7.Corey GAMEIRO (ACL – season), 28.Steve KUZMANOVSKI (ACL – season)

Brisbane  Roar FC squad:  1.Michael THEO (gk), 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 5.Corey BROWN, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 11.Tommy OAR, 15.ARANA, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 20.Shannon BRADY, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 46.Cameron CRESTANI, 50.Dane INGHAM

**two to be omitted**

Ins:  20.Shannon BRADY (promoted), 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO (promoted), 28.Brandon BORRELLO (returns from suspension), 46.Cameron CRESTANI (promoted), 50.Dane INGHAM (promoted)

Roar forward Brandon Borrello celebrates scoring against Perth Glory with Tommy Oar.

Outs:  13.Jade NORTH (suspended – 1 match), 19.Jack HINGERT (ankle – 2 weeks), 23.Dimitri PETRATOS (international transfer to Korea)

Unavailable:  Nil

BLUFFER'S GUIDE

What plays a bigger role - losing seven key players to suspension or a short turnaround after a midweek trip to China?

City versus Roar will provide some insight into both clubs' strength in depth and ability to overcome adversity as fourth hosts third. 

With third spot being the lowest position a club can finish to qualify for the 2018 ACL, both Roar (28 points) and City (26) will be desperate for three points as they look to keep fifth-placed Perth Glory (24) at bay.

Glory host cellar-dwellers Adelaide United on Friday night and could have leapfrogged City by the time Saturday night's game at AAMI Park kicks off.

City coach Michael Valkanis will have spent a lot of time fiddling with his line-up as he looks to overcome the loss of Dean Bouzanis, Tim Cahill, Bruno Fornaroli, Fernando Brandan, Luke Brattan, Osama Malik and Manny Muscat, all to suspension.

Melbourne City interim coach Michael Valkanis on the sideline during Round 14.

All but Cahill started in last week's 2-1 derby loss to Melbourne Victory.

With centre-back Michael Jakobsen doubtful with a calf injury, Valkanis has added nine players to his squad.

Thomas Sorensen is a certainty to start in goal but with so many young and relatively untested players in City's squad, the complete XI is difficult to predict.

Meanwhile, Roar may be rushing to Melbourne from Shanghai but their impressive ACL exploits should give them a boost.

Brisbane defeated Shanghai Shenhua 2-0 on Wednesday night to qualify for the ACL group stage and will hope to carry that momentum into their clash with City.

Coach John Aloisi will make changes to his starting XI with Brett Holman and Arana amongst the more experienced players not to complete the midweek travels to the Middle Kingdom. 

Roar will be without Jade North (suspension) and Jack Hingert (ankle), while attacking midfielder Dimitri Petratos has transferred to K League club Ulsan this week.

Brisbane Roar stunned Shanghai Shenhua 2-0 to book a spot in the ACL Group Stage.

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ROUTE TO GOAL

Without Fornaroli and Cahill, Valkanis has few obvious options to start up front against Brisbane.

That duo have scored 19 of City's 28 goals in 2016-17 and their absence could see former Newcastle Jets striker Braedyn Crowley earn his City debut, while Bruce Kamau is almost certain to start on the wing.

How Valkanis and his staff sort out City's midfield and attack will play a critical role in deciding this fixture.

Roar will hope Brandon Borrello recovers well enough from the win over Shenhua as the 21-year-old has notched six goals and two assists in his past four matches in all competitions.

Borrello scored the opener on Wednesday and set up Tommy Oar's goal to continue his scintillating form.

WHO'S BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK?

Michael Theo. The 35-year-old goalkeeper put on a show with his fellow gloveman Danny Vukovic during Roar's 0-0 draw with Sydney FC last week as both pulled off some ripper saves. Little wonder the Roar hero was in the www.a-league.com.au Team of the Week. 

Hyundai A-League Team of the Week: Round 18

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Melbourne City 0-1 Brisbane Roar

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City, Roar share spoils in Melbourne

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Stirring City comeback earns draw with Roar

Without nine players through suspension and injury, an understrength Melbourne City has produced a spirited second half comeback to draw 2-2 with Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Jamie Maclaren looked to have the visitors on course for a comfortable victory as his first-half brace had Roar cruising 2-0 at the break.

But even with the likes of Tim Cahill, Bruno Fornaroli, Luke Brattan, Fernando Brandan, Ivan Franjic, Michael Jakobsen and Dean Bouzanis all watching from the stands, City produced a remarkable fightback.

Two goals in the space of three minutes either side of the hour mark saw City draw level and despite both sides creating chances towards the end, neither could find a winner.

The result means Roar stays in third spot on the Hyundai A-League ladder, just two points ahead of fourth-placed City.

GOALS

0-1 Roar: Jamie Maclaren 34’

The visitors were awarded a penalty after referee Alan Milliner adjudged Josh Rose to have tripped Brandon Borrello in the box. Maclaren went for power, blasting his effort straight down the middle past a diving Thomas Sorensen.

0-2 Roar: Jamie Maclaren 45+1’

Manuel Arana’s clever turn and run pierced the City defence before a well-timed pass into the path of Maclaren, who scuffed his shot but still got enough on it to get past Sorensen and into the corner of the net.

Jamie Maclaren

1-2 City: Bruce Kamau 58’

Anthony Caceres showed great awareness to back-heel the ball to Kamau inside the box, with the winger’s low shot sneaking past Michael Theo at the near post.

2-2 City: Nicolas Colazo 61’

After Nick Fitzgerald won a penalty for the home side, Colazo sent Theo the wrong way comfortably sweeping the ball to the keeper’s right.

KEY MOMENT

Just minutes after drawing level, City were under pressure with Maclaren appearing destined to score, only for keeper Sorensen to deny the striker with a crucial one-on-one save. It proved a pivotal moment as the home side held on for what could be a valuable point in their season.

OPTA DATA

  • City’s debutant defender Dylan Pierias became the first player born in the 2000’s to play in the Hyundai A-League at just 16 years of age.
  • The draw means Brisbane Roar is now nine games without a win in Melbourne against City [and previously Heart].

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