Brisbane Roar are eyeing three wins in a row for the first time since November 2016 when they meet the Jets in a rescheduled Round 27 fixture on Friday night.
Robbie Fowler’s side are looking to extend their unbeaten run at home to seven matches & consolidate their spot inside the league’s top four.
We’ve crunched the numbers ahead of Friday night’s date with the Jets.
Overall – Roar wins: 14, draws 11, Jets wins 19
At home – Roar wins: 4, draws 3, Jets wins 13
Between the sticks
Jamie Young was impressive between the sticks again last week, keeping the scores level early on with some outstanding efforts in the first half.
The two-time defending Gary Wilkins Medallist has been instrumental to the Roar’s recent purple patch of form, keeping four clean sheets since the New Year.
Young boasts the league’s second-best save percentage with 76.1%, but will face plenty of pressure on Friday when he comes up against Dimitrios Petratos who is equal-second in the league for total shots.
Importance of scoring first
The Roar has won 86% of their matches after going 1-0 up this season, and haven’t lost in any of their seven matches after opening the scoring.
After conceding first, Brisbane has managed to salvage at least a point 46% of the time which is the third-best record in the competition behind Sydney FC and Melbourne City.
The Jets are eighth in the league for recovering after conceding the opener, having lost 80% of their ten matches after conceding first this season.
Midfielder Jay O’Shea leads the league in chances created with 65. The Irishman is second only to Jets midfielder Dimitrio Petratos, with the two set to go head-to-head on Friday.
Both players have been pivotal for their sides this season, with the two midfielders leading their sides in appearances, assists and attempted crosses.
The Roar have completed an average of 533 passes per game this season, which is more than any other side.
Jay O’Shea, Macaulay Gillesphey and Scott Neville all sit inside the top ten for passes completed, with O’Shea topping the charts. He’s completed nearly 120 more passes than second-placed Perth Glory midfielder Neil Kilkenny.
BRFC also claim the competitions second highest passing accuracy, with midfielder Aiden O’Neill leading the league with a conversion rate of 88.2% from 568 passes.