Tonight, we kick-off the 13th season of the Hyundai A-League! Whether you'll be watching the game from the stands, or the couch, here is all you need to know ahead of tonight's game.
IMPORTANT MATCH DETAILS
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off: 6:50pm QLD time, 7:50pm AEDT
TV broadcast: Fox Sports 501
Club record games holder Matt McKay will lead out the side in his 222nd Hyundai A-League appearance while Head Coach John Aloisi's first extended squad of the season features a number of fresh faces.
Mitchell Oxborrow features in the 18-man squad for the first time in Brisbane Roar colours, as does former Empoli and Middlesbrough striker Massimo Maccarone and fellow attackers Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Rahmat Akbari and Petros Skapetis.
Brisbane Roar squad
Goalkeepers: 1.Michael THEO, 21.Jamie YOUNG
Defenders: 3.Luke DEVERE, 5.Corey BROWN, 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 13.Jade NORTH, 19.Jack HINGERT, 24.Connor O’TOOLE
Midfielders: 10.Brett HOLMAN, 16.Mitchell OXBORROW, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 18.Joe CALETTI
Attackers: 9.Massimo MACCARONE, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 20.Shannon BRADY, 25.Rahmat AKBARI, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 33.Petros SKAPETIS
Melbourne City squad
1.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3.Scott JAMIESON, 5.Bart SCHENKEVELD, 6.Osama MALIK, 7.Nick FITZGERALD, 8.Neil KILKENNY, 9.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 13.Stefan MAUK, 14.Daniel ARZANI, 18.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 22.Michael JAKOBSEN (c), 25.Iacopo LA ROCCA, 26.Luke BRATTAN, 27.Marcin BUDZINSKI, 44.Ross McCORMACK **two to be omitted**
How do we shape up against Melbourne City?
- Head-to-head: Roar wins – 8, draws – 5, City wins – 5
- Head-to-head at AAMI Park: Roar wins – 1, draws – 3, City wins – 6
- Three of the last six games between these clubs have ended in a draw, including the last two games.
- The Roar hasn’t beaten City in Melbourne in the last nine attempts – the last win came in November 2010.
- The away side hasn't taken maximum points from this fixture in the last eight meetings.
Did you know?
Brisbane has won its last two season-opening fixtures away from home. At the start of the 2013-14 season, a last-gasp Ivan Franjic winner secured three points against the Phoenix while in the 2015-16 campaign, a Jamie Maclaren brace helped the side on its way to a 3-1 win against Western Sydney.