A settled Brisbane Roar squad is squarely focused on picking up a seventh win of the Hyundai A-League season tomorrow night against Adelaide United.
The Roar will be looking to immediately bounce back from a narrow loss to the second-placed Jets last week, and will take confidence into the clash.
Head Coach John Aloisi was pleased with his side’s performance last week and says a strong week on the training park suggests his side is primed to take on the Reds. Click HERE for tickets.
“We have two home games left. We know our form at home hasn’t been what we would like – every game has been close and just hasn’t gone our way, but we have to make sure we put that right,” Aloisi said.
“Tomorrow night will be a tough one, Adelaide are a side that make it hard for you, but we’re confident, based on the way we played last round and trained this week."
The teams have split the two previous meetings this campaign with the respective away sides winning each fixture.
The Roar finished 2-1 to the good in the last meeting back in December with first-half goals to Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Massimo Maccarone enough for Brisbane to round out 2017 in style.
Both teams have won three of eight fixtures since then, and with just six rounds remaining in the regular season, three points could prove invaluable to both sides come finals time.
Young defender Connor O’Toole is in contention to return to the pitch for the first time since Round 17 while Gary Wilkins Medallist Corey Brown will miss the clash with illness.
“We have six games left and we need to win them all – that’s what we’re planning on doing. We have a fit squad with the majority of players back in and we’re ready to go,” Aloisi said.
Historically, Roar-Reds clashes have been evenly split, high-scoring affairs. Both teams have recorded 16 wins apiece in this fixture with 18 goals finding the net in the last five affairs at Suncorp Stadium.
The two teams have also only shared points once in the last 19 meetings with the last draw in Brisbane occurring back in March 2012.
Hyundai A-League Round 22: Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday, 3 March (6:50pm KO)
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 4.Daniel BOWLES, 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 9.Massimo MACCARONE, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 11.Corey GAMEIRO, 13.Jade NORTH, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 19.Jack HINGERT, 20.Shannon BRADY, 21.Jamie YOUNG(gk), 22.Eric BAUTHEAC, 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 31.Brendan WHITE(gk), 33.Henrique SILVA, 36.Daniel LECK, 77.Ivan FRANJIC **two to be omitted**
Ins: 20.Shannon BRADY (promoted), 24.Connor O’TOOLE (returns from injury), 36.Daniel LECK (promoted)
Outs: 5.Corey BROWN (illness – 1 week)
Unavailable: 1.Michael THEO (gk) (finger – TBC), 3.Luke DEVERE (knee – 4-6 weeks), 18.Joe CALETTI (ankle – 1 week), 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO (ankle – 2 weeks)
Adelaide United squad: 1.Daniel MARGUSH (gk), 2.Michael MARRONE, 6.Vince LIA, 7.Ryan KITTO, 8.ISAÍAS (C), 11.Johan ABSALONSEN, 12.Mark OCHIENG, 14.George BLACKWOOD, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIC, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Ersan GÜLÜM, 23.Jordan ELSEY, 24.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 29.Ryan STRAIN, 37.Daniel ADLUNG **two to be omitted**
Ins: 6.Vince LIA (returns from injury), 12.Mark OCHIENG (promoted), 21.Tarek ELRICH (returns from injury), 22.Ersan GÜLÜM (returns from suspension)
Outs: 5.Taylor REGAN (suspended - 1 week), 77.Džengis ČAVUŠEVIĆ (suspended - 1 week)
Unavailable: 9.Baba DIAWARA (quad)
Referee: Peter Green
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Shchetinin
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Lindsay
Fourth Official: Lara Lee
Video Assistant Referee: Nick Waldron
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 501 from 6.45pm (QLD time), ONE from 6:45pm and Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
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