Take a look at all you need to know ahead of this afternoon's clash with Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium!
Head-to-head: Roar v Phoenix
- Overall record: Played 28: 17 wins, 6 draws, 5 defeats. Goals for: 47, goals against: 30
- The Roar are undefeated in the last three matches against the Phoenix (W2, D1) but there has only been one goal in the last two meetings between the teams.
- Brisbane won the sides' only meeting so far this season - a 1-0 win in New Zealand in January.
- The most common scoreline is a 2-1 Roar win followed by 1-1 draw
- There is an average of 2.75 goals in Roar-Phoenix meetings.
- Only twice have a side scored 4+ goals goals in this fixture. The Roar were the last to do so in a 4-1 win in November 2010.
- There has only ever been one scorelss draw between the two teams.
FUN FACT: Neither side have gone on to win after conceding first this season (Roar D2, L3; Phoenix D2, L10). However, the Roar have taken points from 13 of the 14 games in which they've scored first (W7, D6, L1).
Last five meetings
- Phoenix 0-1 Roar - January 21, 2017 at Westpac Stadium
- 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
Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium
- Record: Played 14: 11 wins, 2 draws, 1 defeat. Goals for: 29, goals against 13
- The Phoenix won the last interation of this fixture played at the venue - their only win in history in Brisbane.
- Aside from the previous fixture, the Roar had won their past four home matches against the Phoenix.
- Wellington Phoenix have conceded two or more goals in each of their last six games away from home, managing to earn only two points in that period.
- Brisbane Roar have made more passes than any other team (9,446) and need just 554 more to become the first team to reach 10,000 passes.
- Jacob Tratt has made 73 interceptions so far this season, the most of any player and 13 more than Brisbane’s best Thomas Kristensen (60).
- Wellington Phoenix have won 288 tackles so far this season, just three fewer than joint leagueleaders Wanderers and Reds (291).
- The Phoenix are in the bottom three teams in the league for goals scored, goals-to-shots ratio, passes, pass completion and shots faced. However, along with Melbourne Victory, the Phoenix have kept the second-most clean sheets in the league (6).
- Wellington are only one of three teams to have not scored from a set piece this season while the Roar are the only side to have scored two from the dead ball.
- Jamie Maclaren rocketed to third in the league's goal-scoring tally (11) and will be the only player on the pitch in double digits, followed by Phoenix striker Roy Krishna. The pair are also the only players in both sides to be in the competition's top 20 for combined goals and assists.
- Only two players have created more chances than Thomas Broich (38) this season.
- For the umteenth consecutive week, captain Matt McKay remains second for passing across the league (727 passes at 75.8% accuracy).
Only the Mariners have conceded first more times than the Phoenix this season - a bad omen considering only Melbourne City have scored first more times than the Roar, a position from which the Roar have only lost once in 14 matches this season.
Brisbane have scored over 60% of their goals this season before the break, and while the Phoenix have done reasonably well in first halves this season, a tendancy to fall away in the second half has been their demise this season, conceding 60% of their goals after half-time.
If the Roar can get the edge over Wellington in the opening half, it may be the perfect time to pounce on a confidence-lacking Phoenix side. The Roar have found the net in the second half in every home match bar three this season.
Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Round 21. Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix. Saturday, 25 February 2017. Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. Kick-off 4:35pm (QLD Time)
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1.Michael THEO (gk), 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 13.Jade NORTH, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 15.ARANA, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 19.Jack HINGERT, 20.Shannon BRADY, 21.Jamie Young, 22.Thomas BROICH, 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 25.Kye ROWLES, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 29.Joe CALETTI, 33.Joey KATEBIAN, 46.Cameron CRESTANI **two to be omitted**
Ins: 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN (promoted), 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS (promoted), 19.Jack HINGERT (returns from injury), 20.Shannon BRADY (promoted), 21.Jamie YOUNG (promoted), 24.Connor O’TOOLE (promoted), 25.Kye ROWLES (promoted), 33.Joey KATEBIAN (promoted)
Outs: 3.Luke DEVERE (calf – 4 weeks), 8.Jacob PEPPER (not selected), 11.Tommy OAR (not selected), 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO (not selected), 43.Tomislav BILIC (gk) (not selected), 50.Dane INGHAM (not selected)
Unavailable: 4.Daniel BOWLES (knee – season), 5.Corey BROWN (hamstring – 2 weeks)
Wellington Phoenix Squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Jacob TRATT, 6.Dylan FOX, 8.Alex RODRIGUEZ, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 11.Hamish WATSON, 12.Adam PARKHOUSE, 13 Marco ROSSI, 15, James McGARRY, 17.Vince LIA, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 21 Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE (c), 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 24.Logan ROGERSON, 25.Sarpreet SINGH, 30.Oliver SAIL (gk), 99.Shane SMELTZ **two to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Jacob TRATT (returns from injury), 15.James McGARRY (promoted), 22.Andrew DURANTE (returns from suspension), 24.Logan ROGERSON (promoted), 30.Oliver SAIL (promoted)
Outs: 4.Roly BONEVACIA (omitted), 5.Ryan LOWRY (omitted), 19.Tom DOYLE (omitted)
Unavailable: 7.Gui FINKLER (paternity leave - 1 week), 10.Michael McGLINCHEY (knee injury – 1 to 2 weeks)
Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones; Assistant Referee 1: Nathan MacDonald; Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Lindsay; Fourth Official: Alex King;