Brisbane Roar has a proud and successful record to defend when we clash with Wellington Phoenix at CBUS Super Stadium tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s clash on the Gold Coast is the first of three successive home fixtures for the Roar who are looking to make opposition sides dread travelling to Queensland.
Two home games early in the new year as well means that five of the Roar's next six Hyundai A-League fixtures are at home.
The Round 10 clash is Brisbane’s first home match since a 3-1 victory over Melbourne City in Round 7 and will also be an opportunity for the Roar to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season after seeing off the Western Sydney Wanderers last Saturday.
“It was important for us to get a result against the Wanderers – and we did – now we have three home games in a row,” Head Coach John Aloisi said.
“We will be playing to take another three points because we have been strong at home in recent seasons and we want to be strong again.”
The Roar had the chance to train on a supreme CBUS Super Stadium pitch on Tuesday and Aloisi is hoping to see a strong band of travelling Brisbane faithful in the stands tomorrow.
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“The pitch looks brilliant – it’s the best I’ve ever seen it. It’s a nice stadium and hopefully there is a good crowd supporting us and we put on a strong performance,” Aloisi said.
The Phoenix travel across the ditch looking to bounce back after sacrificing a two-goal lead at home against the Victory last week.
Wellington are yet to pick up a point on their travels this Hyundai A-League season but the Roar are wary of the threat the Phoenix pose after the two sides’ last meeting finished in a 3-3 draw.
“We’re looking forward to it. We expect a reaction from Wellington after their loss last week but we just have to focus on how we play and make sure we’re ready to go,” Aloisi said.
Brisbane has named an unchanged squad to that won away at ANZ Stadium last week and with players starting to return from injury, healthy competition for places is intensifying.
“We know that we’re moving in the right direction. Players are coming back the young boys have really stood up lately and it’s been great to see them do so,” Aloisi said.
“It’s exciting for the club and the fans who get to see what the future Brisbane Roar will be like.”
Hyundai A-League 2017/18: Round 10 - Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix
CBUS Super Stadium
Saturday, 9 December (4:35pm KO)
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 2.Dane INGHAM, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 5.Corey BROWN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Massimo MACCARONE, 11.Corey GAMEIRO, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 16.Mitchell OXBORROW, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 18.Joe CALETTI, 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG(gk), 22.Eric BAUTHEAC, 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 31.Brendan WHITE(gk), 33.Petros SKAPETIS, 77.Ivan FRANJIC *two to be omitted*
Ins: Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH (promoted), 2.Dane INGHAM (promoted)
Unavailable: 1.Michael THEO (gk) (finger – 2 weeks), 3.Luke DEVERE (knee – 10 weeks), 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS (suspended), 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN (hamstring – 1-2 weeks), 10.Brett HOLMAN (knock – 1 week), 12.Han Solo (Carbonite – 3 to 4 months), 13.Jade NORTH (groin – 1 week), 20.Shannon BRADY (broken foot – TBC)
Wellington Phoenix Squad: 1.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 2.Daniel MULLEN, 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 4.Goran PARACKI, 8.Dario VIDOSIC, 9.Andrija KALUDJEROVIC, 11.Hamish WATSON, 12.Adam PARKHOUSE, 13.Marco ROSSI, 14.Alex RUFER, 16.Ali ABBAS, 18.Sarpreet SINGH, 19.Tom DOYLE, 22.Andrew DURANTE (c), 23.MATTHEW RIDENTON, 24.Logan ROGERSON, 30.Keegan SMITH (gk) *two to be omitted*
Ins: 14.Alex RUFER (promoted), 18.Sarpreet SINGH (promoted), 24.Logan ROGERSON (promoted)
Outs: 10.Michael McGLINCHEY (groin), 21.Roy KRISHNA (knee)
Unavailable: 6.Dylan FOX (hamstring), 55.Luke Skywalker (Hand – 6 months)
HOW DO WE SHAPE UP AGAINST THE PHOENIX?
- We have won 18 of our 31 clashes against Wellington, including 12 of 16 games played in Queensland.
- The two sides sit third (Wellington, 17.5%) and fourth (Brisbane, 17.1%) in the league in terms of shot conversion.
- Only Phoenix striker Andrija Kaludjerovic has made a great percentage of his touches in the opposition area than Massimo Maccarone.
- Brisbane are yet scored in the 15 minutes after half-time this season, but the Phoenix has conceded six, a league-high, in that time period. No side has conceded more second-half goals than the Phoenix (12).