Brisbane Roar vs Adelaide United
Brisbane too strong for weakened Adelaide
Brisbane could welcome back Shane Stefanutto and Besart Berisha from injury, while Corey Brown and James Donachie are on international duty with the Australian under-22 team in the AFC U22 Championships in Oman.
Jeronimo Neumann returns from suspension for Adelaide, though the away side loses Osama Malik with injuries to Jacob Melling, Marcelo Carrusca, Bruce Djite and Sergio Cirio and goal-scorer from last round, Jake Barker-Daish, on international duty. Ryan Griffiths has been acquired in the January transfer period and could debut in this match.
Doubtful: Shane Stefanutto (hamstring), Besart Berisha (hip).
Injured/unavailable: George Lambadardis (knee), Corey Brown (international duty), James Donachie (international duty).
Suspended: Osama Malik (one match).
Doubtful: Fabio Ferreira (adductor).
Injured/unavailable: Cassio (hamstring), John Hall (international duty), Jake Barker-Daish (international duty), Jacob Melling (knee), Marcelo Carrusca (adductor), Bruce Djite (groin), Sergio Cirio (hamstring).
Brisbane continued its impressive run this season with an emphatic 3-0 away win to the Melbourne Victory last round.
Despite missing number one striker Berisha in recent weeks, the team has scored eight goals in its last two matches. With Berisha set to return, the best team in the league will only get stronger.
After losing its last home match to Newcastle in a shock result three rounds ago, look for Brisbane to translate its impressive form on the road into this match and make amends in front of its home crowd.
Adelaide heads to Brisbane struggling with a high number of injuries. Despite a four-match undefeated run, Adelaide’s 2-2 home draw with Sydney FC last round has left the team ravaged with a big chunk of its midfield – Malik, Carrusca, Djite, Barker-Daish and Cirio – either missing or in doubt for this clash.
While the team showed a lot of fight to salvage a draw last round despite the mounting injuries, suspensions and absentees, it will prove very costly in this fixture against the best team in the league.
Brisbane will have far too much power for a weak Adelaide team in this match; in what could be a big win for the home side.
HEAD TO HEAD
Brisbane defeated Adelaide 2-1 away from home in Round 9 of this season. Adelaide has won five, drawn five and lost twice in 12 previous trips to Brisbane, though Brisbane has won the last three matches against Adelaide, all of which were played in Adelaide.