Head Coach John Aloisi is expecting a very positive Brisbane Roar to take the pitch tomorrow night against Adelaide United.
Aloisi has asked his players to make full use of their home-ground advantage in his side's first match of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season in Brisbane.
“We need to be more positive – that’s the Brisbane Roar way of playing and last weekend we turned backwards a little too often,” Aloisi said at a press conference this morning.
“We’ve spoken about that during the week and I’m sure the boys, especially at home, will put on a good performance.”
Captain Matt McKay says fans can expect that positivity tomorrow night and that the side will look to get Italian marquee Massimo Maccarone heavily involved in the game.
“We weren’t clinical or brave enough in the front third last week. We need to get the ball into Massimo [Maccarone] a bit quicker and feed off him,” McKay said.
“Being back at home will definitely help us.”
Our opponents, Adelaide United, started their campaign with a draw against Wellington Phoenix, and with a number of fresh faces, pose a relatively unknown test.
“It’s a totally new team. We have to do quite a bit of study on all the new players and Adelaide is one of those teams with a lot of new players. They have some good foreigners who have come in so it’s going to be an interesting fixture for us,” McKay said.
“They play different to what they have in the past, they’re now very direct and do that well. We have to expect a hard game, but we’ve looked at how the play this week. We know they like to knock long-balls in behind, get crosses in, and that they have big players,” Aloisi said.
“It’s going to be a difficult game but we’re ready.”
Attacking midfielder Brett Holman is fit to play after missing last Friday’s game against Melbourne City and Aloisi says the 63-time Socceroo is hungry to play.
“He [Holman] will definitely play some part in the game. He’s looking sharp, he’s excited and ready to play and it’s good to have him back because we know what he can bring for us,” Aloisi added.
Brisbane has an opportunity to become only the second club to score 500 Hyundai A-League goals on Friday against the Reds. The Roar's tally currently stands at 497.
Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Round 2: Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Friday, 13 October (6:50pm KO)
BRISBANE ROAR SQUAD
Goalkeepers: 1.Michael THEO, 21.Jamie YOUNG
Defenders: 2.Dane INGHAM, 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, 25.Rahmat AKBARI, 26.Nick D'AGOSTINO, 33.Petros SKAPETIS **two to be omitted**
Ins: Dane INGHAM (returns from international duty)
Unavailable: 4.Daniel BOWLES (knee - TBC), 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN (hamstring - 2 weeks), 20.Shannon Brady (broken foot - TBC)
ADELAIDE UNITED SQUAD
1.Daniel MARGUSH (gk). 2.Michael MARRONE, 6.Vince LIA, 7.Ryan KITTO, 8.ISAIAS (c), 9.Baba DIAWARA, 10.Karim MATMOUR, 11.Johan ABSALONSEN, 12.Mark OCHIENG, 14.George BLACKWOOD, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIC, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Ersan GULUM, 23.Jordan ELSEY, 24.Jordan O'DOHERTY, 37.Daniel ADLUNG **two to be omitted**
Ins: 6.Vince LIA (returns from suspension)
Outs: 5.Taylor REGAN (ankle - 10-12 weeks)
Unavailable: 21.Tarek ELRICH (knee - long term)