Big clubs with underwhelming starts to their respective campaigns – a win for either would be massive especially after both clubs lost star players in recent days with Liam Miller at Roar and a certain Spaniard at City exiting the fold.
Saturday, 8 November 2014
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-Off: 6.30pm (Local) (7.30pm AEDST)
Brisbane Roar FC 2.Matt SMITH (c), 3.Shane STEFANUTTO, 5.Corey BROWN, 7.Mensur KURTISHI, 8.Steven LUSTICA, 10.HENRIQUE, 12.Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 13.Jade NORTH, 14.Daniel BOWLES, 15.James DONACHIE, 17.Matt McKAY, 18.Luke BRATTAN, 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Dimitri PETRATOS, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 30.Matthew ACTON
***two to be omitted***
Ins Corey BROWN, Daniel BOWLES (both promoted), Matt McKAY (returns from suspension)
Out Liam MILLER (released)
Melbourne City FC 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 3.Robbie WIELAERT, 5.Erik PAARTALU, 6.Aaron MOOY, 7.Iain RAMSAY, 11.Damien DUFF, 14.James BROWN, 15.David WILLIAMS, 17.Jason HOFFMAN, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Tando VELAPHI (GK), 21.Stefan MAUK, 22.Nick KALMAR, 23.Mate DUGANDZIC, 24.Patrick KISNORBO (C), 25.Jacob MELLING, 26.Marc MARINO, 27.Ross ARCHIBALD
***two to be omitted***
Ins 7.Iain RAMSAY (promoted), 14.James BROWN (promoted), 22.Nick KALMAR (promoted), 21.Stefan MAUK (promoted), 26.Marc MARINO (promoted)
Outs 8.Massimo MURDOCCA (groin – 1-2 weeks), 9.David VILLA (not available for selection), 13.Jonatan GERMANO (hamstring – 2-4 weeks),
Unavailable 10.Robert KOREN (calf – 3-5 weeks)
TV – Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 4HD & FOX SPORTS 4 from 7.00pm (AEDT), Live Coverage on SBS HD & SBS One from 7.30pm AEDT and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand)
Radio – 612 ABC Brisbane, ABC Local radio Queensland, 774 ABC Melbourne, Local Radio VIC, Grandstand Digital, Grandstand Online/A-League Live Mobile phone app
Referee Kris Griffiths-Jones
Assistant Referee 1 Anton Shchetinin
Assistant Referee 2 Andrew Lindsay
Fourth Official Chris Beath
Victory will be paramount for both these clubs who have yet to catch fire so far this season. Defending champions Brisbane have been the biggest surprise, yet to register a win.
It’s led to rumours of unrest and a dressing room revolt, which has been denied by the club but those things won’t go away until results start to improve. City, who now begin life without Spanish superstar David Villa, have lost on each of their last three visits to Suncorp Stadium but will feel there’s no better time to put that right.
Midfielder Matt McKay is one player who is likely to come straight back into the line-up after serving his two-game ban for Roar. Corey Brown and Daniel Bowles have also been promoted while Liam Miller makes way after being released by the club last week.
There’s a raft of changes in the City squad with David Villa back in New York after just four games while Massimo Murdocca (groin) and Jonatan Germano (hamstring) are also out. Iain Ramsay, James Brown, Nick Kalmar, Stefan Mauk and Marc Marino have all been added to John van’t Schip’s squad.
OPTA DATA STATS
Brisbane have failed to pick up a point from their first three league games, something they’d never managed to do prior to this season.
Since beating their city rivals in March, Melbourne City has failed to win a game (D4 L6).
Roar are the most accurate passers in the Hyundai A-League this term (83.6 percent).
City’s Aaron Mooy has had more touches than any other player this season (328).
ROUTE TO GOAL
Melbourne City have struggled to create many chances from open play in the last few weeks, with their last three goals coming from set pieces. It must be a concern for van’t Schip, especially with David Villa – who has had more attempts (11) on goal than any other player this season – now back in New York.
The responsibility will now fall more heavily on the shoulders of the likes of David Williams and Mate Dugandzic to try and lift their games to make City a threat going forward. They might well try and catch out Roar ‘keeper Jamie Young, who has been found out with his positional play a couple of times already this season.
WHO’S BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK?
Aaron Mooy. The classy midfielder’s superb form has gone largely unnoticed in most circles due to Villa’s presence but Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou has taken notice, calling him up into the squad for the upcoming friendly against Japan.
With Villa now gone and marquee man Robbie Koren still out through injury, Mooy is extra vital in the middle of the park, not only creating things for City but stopping the likes of McKay, Luke Brattan and Steve Lustica.