Roar v Sydney: All you need to know

Take a look at all the important stats and facts ahead of tonight's clash with Sydney FC

Head-to-head: Roar v Sydney

  • Overall record: 14 wins, 11 draws, 10 defeats, 49 goals for, 41 goals against
  • Brisbane are undefeated in four of their last five matches against Sydney (W2, D2, L1)
  • Sydney won the sides' last meeting 2-0 at Allianz Stadium in December.
  • Brisbane Roar have taken competition points from 12 of their last 13 home games against the Sky Blues (W9, D3), and have kept six clean sheets across that span.
  • The largest margin of victory between the sides is 4-0, a scoreline the Roar held over the Sky Blues in October 2013.
  • A 1-1 draw in the most common scoreline in Roar-Sydney games.
  • There is an average of 2.57 goals in games between the clubs.
  • A side has scored four or more goals in only three of 35 meetings between the clubs.

Last five meetings

  • Sydney 2-0 Roar - December 30, 2016 at Allianz Stadium
  • Roar 1-1 Sydney - November 19, 2016 at Suncorp Stadium
  • Roar 3-2 Sydney - March 26, 2016 at Suncorp Stadium
  • Sydney 1-3 Roar - January 30, 2016 at Allianz Stadium
  • Sydney 0-0 Roar - November 6, 2015 at Allianz Stadium

Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC at Suncorp Stadium

  • Record: 10 wins, 4 draws, 3 defeats, 27 goals for, 16 goals against.
  • The Roar are undefeated in their last three home matches against the boys in sky blue (W1, D2).
  • Sydney's last win at the venue came in October 2014 but you have to travel back to September 2007 to find their previous success at Suncorp Stadium.

In form

  • Sydney FC have scored the most goals in the competition (38) whilst also attempting the most shots at goal (199). The Roar are second with 174 shots.
  • No side has scored more goals from direct free kicks than the Roar - Dimitri Petratos has scored both of them.
  • The Roar's tight defence has let in 21 goals this season, only bettered by Sydney's eight.
  • Sydney's passing accuracy is the worst in the league (74.4%) while the Roar's 77.8% accuracy has them in fifth.
  • Jamie Maclaren and Bobo both sit in the league's top 10 for shots, however the Roar striker's accuracy is far better than the Sky Blues' import.
  • No player has assisted more goals than Sydney's Milos Ninkovic, but he has only created two more chances than dangerous Roar winger Tommy Oar.
  • Captain Matt McKay in second in the Hyundai A-League for passes in the opposition half (634 completed at 75.4%). He is joined in the league's top 20 by teammates Thomas Kristensen, Thomas Broich and Jack Hingert.

Key area

The Sky Blues are closing in on an unprecedented unbeaten season but an in-form Roar has the power to topple the ladder leaders.

Sydney are yet to be kept scoreless away from home but the Roar defence have shown that they have what it takles to halt the league's most dangerous threats.

Sydney have also only won once after scoring fewer than two goals. If Brisbane can reign in Sydney's lethal attack, an electric atmosphere inside the fortress may lead the hosts to a season-defining victory.

Match details

Brisbane Roar FC v Sydney FC

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Kick-Off:  6:50PM (Local) (7:50PM (AEDT))

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, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 11.Tommy OAR, 13.Jade NORTH, 15.ARANA, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 19.Jack HINGERT, 20.Shannon BRADY, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Dimitri PETRATOS, 29.Joe CALETTI **two to be omitted**

Ins: 5.Corey BROWN (returns from suspension), 20.Shannon BRADY (promoted), 29.Joe CALETTI (promoted)

Outs: 28.Brandon BORRELLO (suspended – 1 match)

Unavailable: 33.Joey KATEBIAN (concussion – 1 week)

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Sydney FC squad: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 4.Alex WILKINSON, 5.Jordy BUIJS, 6.Joshua BRILLANTE, 8.Milos DIMITRIJEVIC, 9.BOBÔ, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Bernie IBINI, 12.Aaron CALVER, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 14.Alex BROSQUE (c), 17.David CARNEY, 18.Matt SIMON, 19.George BLACKWOOD, 20.Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 21.Filip HOLOSKO, 23.Rhyan GRANT **one to be omitted**

Ins: 19.George BLACKWOOD (promoted), 23.Rhyan GRANT (return from suspension).

Outs: 7.Michael ZULLO (suspended – 1 match)

Unavailable: 22.Seb RYALL (hamstring – indefinite)

Referee: Peter Green; Assistant Referee 1: Anton Shchetinin; Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Lindsay; Fourth Official: Jarred Gillett

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on Fox Sports 505 from 7.00pm (AEDT), SBS VICELAND from 7.30pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 2 (New Zealand)