Match preview: Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar
Brisbane Roar’s tough Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Season gets no easier when they visit an in-form Sydney FC side on Saturday evening.
The Sky Blues sit third after an impressive 2-1 win at Perth Glory in Round 9, a result that extended their winning streak to an incredible nine matches against the Western Australia-based side.
They do not have a similar hold against the Roar, though, despite Sydney FC’s recent Hyundai A-League dominance.
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Of the last nine games between the two sides, Sydney and Brisbane have won three apiece and there have been three draws.
The Roar were shocked with the news of John Aloisi's resignation on Friday morning, just over 24 hours before their clash with Sydney FC.
And with four losses on the trot, Brisbane will have to regroup as quickly as possible for the forthcoming challenges.
Sydney FC striker Adam Le Fondre will be out to continue the Roar’s defensive woes, the English forward having netted seven times in nine Hyundai A-League fixtures.
Key Opta stats
- Only three of Sydney FC's 17 points in this campaign have come from home. This was in their Round 2 Derby against Western Sydney Wanderers, where they won 2-0 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
- Adam Taggart's six goals make up 60% of Brisbane's overall goal tally. No other player has a higher contribution rate to his team.
- The last time Brisbane Roar lost four consecutive games was in late 2011, which was the start of their 36-game unbeaten streak under Ange Postecoglou.
Ins and outs
Sydney FC squad: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 2.Aaron CALVER, 4.Alex WILKINSON, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8.Paulo RETRE, 9.Adam LE FONDRE, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Daniel DE SILVA, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 14.Alex BROSQUE (c), 18.Jacob TRATT, 20.Alex CISAK (gk), 21.Charles LOKOLI-NGOY, 22.Siem DE JONG, 24.Cam DEVLIN, 25. Joel KING, 31.Luke IVANOVIC.
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 21.Charles LOKOLI-NGOY (promoted), 24.Cam DEVLIN (promoted), 25. Joel KING (promoted)
Outs: 23. Rhyan GRANT (International Duty)
Unavailable: 3.Ben WARLAND (foot – 2 weeks), 5.Jop van der LINDEN (hamstring – 3 weeks), 12.Trent BUHAGIAR (ACL – indefinite), 19.Chris ZUVELA (knee – indefinite)
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1.Brendan WHITE (gk), 2.Dane INGHAM, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Adam TAGGART, 11.Eric BAUTHEAC, 13.Stefan MAUK, 14.Alex LOPEZ, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 18.Joe CALETTI, 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Tobias MIKKELSEN, 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 33.HENRIQUE, 36.Daniel LECK
Ins: 11.Eric BAUTHEAC (returns from suspension), 13.Stefan MAUK (promoted), 18.Joe CALETTI (promoted), 24.Connor O’TOOLE (promoted), 36.Daniel LECK (promoted)
Outs: 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN (not selected), 20.Shannon BRADY (not selected), 23.Dylan WENZEL-HALLS (not selected)
Unavailable: 10.Brett HOLMAN (knee)
How to watch
Find out whether Brisbane can cause an upset LIVE and FREE on 10 Bold or tenplay, or on FOX SPORTS 505, with kick off at 7.50pm (AEDT).
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