Phoenix v Roar: All you need to know

Take a look at all you need to know ahead of our clash across the ditch against the Phoenix.

Head-to-head: Phoenix v Roar

  • Overall record: 16 wins, 6 draws, 5 defeats, 46 goals for, 30 goals against
  • The Roar are undefeated in the past two matches with the Phoenix (W1, D1).
  • The largest margin of victory between the sides is 4-1, a scoreline the Roar have won by twice.
  • The most common scoreline is a 2-1 Brisbane Roar win
  • There is an average of 2.81 goals in Phoenix-Roar games
  • There has only even been one scoreless draw between the sides. The match came in the side's last meeting in January 2016.

FUN FACT: Neither side have gone on to win after coneding first this season. The Phoenix have only managed one draw from the seven games where they've conceded first.

Last five meetings

  • Phoenix 0-0 Roar - January 10, 2016 at Westpac Stadium
  • Roar 2-1 Phoenix - December 12, 2015 at Cazalys Stadium
  • Phoenix 3-2 Roar - October 24, 2015 at Westpac Stadium
  • Roar 1-2 Phoenix - March 22, 2015 at Suncorp Stadium
  • Roar 3-2 Phoenix - February 2, 2015 at Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane Roar at Westpac Stadium

  • Record: 5 wins, 4 draws, 4 defeats, 17 goals for, 17 goals against.
  • The Roar are winless in their last three trips to Wellington (L2, D1).
  • Brisbane kept a clean sheet in a scoreless draw at the venue last season but it was the first in Wellington since February 2012.

In form

  • Thomas Kristensen has made 64 tackles so far this season, 11 more than any other player at 17 more than Phoenix best Jacob Tratt.
  • Brisbane Roar is Michael McGlinchey's favourite opponent and has scored twice in his last four appearances against the Roar.
  • Wellington have attempted the second-most shots in the league (154), closely followed by the Roar's 148.
  • The Phoenix have the league's best shot accuracy and have found the target with 52.6% of shots this season.
  • Only Central Coast Mariners have made more passes than the Roar this season (7013).
  • Phoenix striker Roy Krishna has shot up the goal scoring charts and sits in equal fourth with eight goals.
  • Nobody on the park on Saturday will have created more chances this season than Tommy Oar (23).
  • Matt McKay (538) and Thomas Kristensen (378) have made more succesful passes than any Phoenix players.

Key matchup

The Roar defence have shown that they can halt the most lethal attacks in the Hyundai A-League and will need to be at their best again against a strong Phoenix front line.

Roy Krishna has sits inside the top five goal scorers while the ever-present threat of Gui Finkler and former Roar winger Kosta Barborouses could provide issues for the Roar back four who haven't kept a clean sheet in their last five.

Should the Roar manage to cut off supply to the front line and apply pressure to the league's most accurate attack, they will go a long way to returning with the three points.

Wellington Phoenix v Brisbane Roar

Saturday, 21 January, Westpac Stadium, 4:35pm QLD time

Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Jacob TRATT, 4.Roly BONEVACIA, 5.Ryan LOWRY, 7.Gui FINKLER, 8.Alex RODRIGUEZ, 9.Kosta BARBOROUSES, 10.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 11.Hamish WATSON, 12.Adam PARKHOUSE, 13.Marco ROSSI, 17.Vince LIA, 19.Tom DOYLE, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 21.Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE, 99.Shane SMELTZ **one to be omitted**

Ins:

Outs:

Unavailable:

Roar team 16x9

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, 11.Tommy OAR, 13.Jade NORTH, 15.ARANA, 17. Matt MCKAY (c), 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Dimitri PETRATOS, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 33.Joey KATEBIAN **two to be omitted**

Ins: 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO (promoted), 33.Joey KATEBIAN (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 10.Brett HOLMAN (knee – 1 week)

Referee: Jonathan Barreiro

Assistant Referee 1: Simon Lount

Assistant Referee 2: Mark Rule

Fourth Official: Alex King