Only five rounds remain in the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season as the race for finals positions heat up.
Our boys have just the one home fixture remaining to round out the season with a number of crucial games remaining in what is shaping up to be a nail-biting run home to finals.
With no fixture lined up for the second split round of the season this weekend, we thought it was a good time to crunch the numbers and take a look at some of our key contributors so far this campaign.
Our Italian marquee Massimo Maccarone leads the side for goals scored having netted nine times so far this season - he finds himself equal sixth in the race for the Golden Boot. Four other players have found the back of the net on multiple occasions including Avram Papadopoulos (4), Brett Holman (4), Ivan Franjic (2) and Eric Bautheac (2).
He's only found the back of the net once this season but no teammate has provided more assists than Fahid Ben Khalfallah this season (3).
When it comes to goalkeepers, our #21 Jamie Young has been up there with the best in the league this season. He leads the competition in terms of shots to saves percentage and has been nominated for Save of the Week more than a handful of times. Only Western Sydney's Vedran Janjetovic (93) has made more saves than Young (71) - from four more appearances too. The Wanderers keeper is the only player to have saved more big chances than our shot stopper, but Young's record is far superior, conceding 13 fewer goals.
Great Wall of Greece
When it comes to strong defensive presences, no player has been harder to pass in our back four than Greek international Avram Papadopoulos. The strong defender has been cruelly ruled out for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury, however he led the squad in clearances (80), blocks (9) and interceptions (34) through the first 22 rounds.
Our skipper Matt McKay has made a name from simply just never stopping and being involved in anything and everything across the park. He's made more passes (949 total) in both halves of the park than any of his teammates and finds himself inside the league Top 20 for passing inside the opposition half. The Club games record holder has also led by example without the ball at his feet - his 43 attempted tackles is a team high. His combination with Danish international Thomas Kristensen would be regarded as one of the toughest defensive midfield pairings in the Hyundai A-League.
The 15 minutes leading up to half-time has been both the most profitable period and the hardest period for opponents to break down the Roar defence. Brisbane have scored seven of their 24 goals (29%) in that period - a higher pecentage than any other team. At the same time, opposition sides have only managed to find the back of the net three times in the shadows of the break with only 9% of the goals Brisbane have conceded occuring in this bracket - the lowest across the Hyundai A-League.
Our run home
Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar
Saturday, 17 March – Allianz Stadium (6:50pm QLD time)
Wellington Phoenix v Brisbane Roar
Sunday, 25 March – Westpac Stadium (4pm QLD time)
Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners
Saturday, 31 March – Suncorp Stadium (4:35pm QLD time)
Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar
Saturday, 7 April – ANZ Stadium (5:35pm QLD time)
Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar
Saturday, 14 April – NIB Stadium (10pm QLD time)