Brisbane Roar Head Coach Mike Mulvey will field an unchanged starting eleven for tomorrow night’s Hyundai A-League Harvey Norman Friday Night Football match against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.
Brisbane Roar Head Coach Mike Mulvey will field an unchanged starting eleven for tomorrow night-s Hyundai A-League Harvey Norman Friday Night Football match against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.
With goalkeeper Michael Theo needing another week on the sidelines to recuperate from a shoulder injury, last weekend-s debutant Matt Acton will again play between the posts while Liam Miller will make his return from a six-week injury stint off the bench for the Roar.
The Reds haven-t won a Hyundai A-League match since round one almost eight weeks ago and Mulvey said their desperation for points would make it difficult for his side in the South Australian capital.
“They-ve not had the results that they-ve wanted, they-ve got some fantastic individual players and I admire the way they try to play football,” Mulvey said.
“It-s tricky because they-ve got great desire and they-ve got a demanding crowd.
“But we-ve got high standards of our own and we demand a good performance from ourselves, individually and collectively.”
Adelaide has adopted a new style of football under new Spanish coach Josep Gombau and boast the highest possession figure in the Hyundai A-League this season (61.3%), marginally in front of Brisbane (59.2%), despite their run of poor results.
“I don-t know whether it will be an open game but I know what our approach will be,” Mulvey said.
“If they-re playing out from the back, we-re going to try and press them very, very high and we-ll try to win the ball back in our final third and look to take advantage of that.”
The Roar has won six of their opening eight Hyundai A-League matches in the current campaign with their only two losses coming away from Suncorp Stadium.
Friday, 6 December 2013 Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar Coopers Stadium, Adelaide Kick-off: 7.00pm local (6:30pm Brisbane time) Referee: Peter O-Leary Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cheeseman Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Goodwin Fourth Official: Rick Schneider
TV broadcast: 6.30pm (Brisbane time) Live coverage on FOX Sports 1HD, SBS2, SBS HD, and Sky Sport 2 (New Zealand).
Radio Broadcast: 891 ABC Adelaide, ABC Local Radio South Australia, 612 ABC Brisbane, ABC Local Radio Queensland, Grandstand Digital and Online/Mobile phone app.
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Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (GK) (c), 3.Nigel BOOGAARD, 4.Jon McKAIN, 5.Osama MALIK, 7.JERONIMO, 8.ISAIAS, 9.Sergio CIRIO, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 11.Bruce DJITE, 13.Steven LUSTICA, 17.Awer MABIL, 18.Michael ZULLO, 19.Jake BARKER-DAISH, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Fabio FERREIRA, 23.Jordan ELSEY, 30.John HALL (GK) **one to be omitted**
Ins: 4.Jon McKAIN (returns from illness)
Unavailable: 6.CASSIO (hamstring tendon - 6 weeks), 16.Daniel BOWLES (ankle - 1 week), 20.Paul IZZO (GK) (adductor - 1 week)
Brisbane Roar squad: 2. Matthew SMITH (c), 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 7. Besart BERISHA, 10. HENRIQUE, 11. Liam MILLER, 14. Diogo FERREIRA, 15. James DONACHIE, 17. Matt McKAY, 18. Luke BRATTAN, 19. Jack HINGERT, 20. Matthew ACTON (gk), 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Dimitri PETRATOS, 26.Corey BROWN, 29.Kwame YEBOAH, 30. Fraser CHALMERS (gk)
Ins: 11. Liam MILLER (returns from injury)
Unavailable: 1. Michael THEO (shoulder - one week), 3. Shane STEFANUTTO (hamstring - one week), 13. Jade NORTH (groin - one week), 25. George LAMBADARDIS (knee - season)