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The Clash: Top of the table clash for Friday night football this week! Sydney FC are the only unbeaten side in the competition and last weekend added goals to their solid defensive start to the campaign. This week they come up against a club with the most goals so far this season in Brisbane Roar. Jamie Maclaren has slotted into the side perfectly and when he is not scoring himself he is setting up Brandon Borrello. Brisbane still have some work to do at the back and were lucky not to concede against Adelaide last week. The stage is set for a high scoring encounter.
The Stats: Sydney are chasing their best start to a season, a win over Brisbane will secure three wins and a draw from their first five games. Brisbane have scored 10 goals in their last three visits to the Sky Blue’s turf. The two sides have met 30 times with Brisbane winning 12 games to Sydney 9 and 9 draws. In Sydney though the home side leads the way with 6 wins to Brisbane’s 3 with six draws.
The Prediction: There has been some shots fired in the media over the week and there will be even more on the pitch, 2-2
Sydney FC squad: 1.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 2.Seb RYALL, 3.Alex GERSBACH, 5.Matt JURMAN, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 8.Milos DIMITRIJEVIC, 9.Shane SMELTZ, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Christopher NAUMOFF, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 14.Alex BROSQUE (c), 18.Matt SIMON, 19.Jacques FATY, 20.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 21.Filip HOLOSKO, 23.Rhyan GRANT, 24.George BLACKWOOD, 27.Mickael TAVARES
**Two to be omitted**
Ins: 10.Milos NINKOVIC (promoted), 24.George BLACKWOOD (promoted)
Unavailable: 22.Ali ABBAS (knee – indefinite)
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 3.Shane STEFANUTTO, 5.Corey BROWN, 7.CORONA, 8.Steven LUSTICA, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 12.Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 13.Jade NORTH, 14.Daniel BOWLES, 15.James DONACHIE, 16.Devante CLUT, 17.Matt McKAY (c), 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Dimitri PETRATOS, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 36.Andre JANNESE (gk)
**One to be omitted**
Ins: 12.Jean Carlos SOLORZANO (return from injury), 15.James DONACHIE (return from injury)
Outs: 20.Shannon BRADY (not considered)
Unavailable: 1.Michael THEO (gk) (quad strain – 1 week), 10.HENRIQUE (knee ACL reconstruction – 2-4 weeks), 33.Luke DE VERE (quad – 4-6 weeks)