2016 is here – Happy New Year to those reading this- and the first task in the new year for Brisbane Roar is a home clash against Perth Glory.
Both sides enter this clash in some good form, with Brisbane on a three game winning streak, while Perth Glory are on a four game unbeaten run.
Last week saw Brisbane return to Suncorp Stadium for the first time in a month and they put on their best performance of the season in a 3-1 win over third placed Melbourne City.
That result guaranteed Brisbane a top two spot as the league enters the second half of the season and keeps them within touching distance of the league leading Western Sydney Wanderers.
Perth meanwhile went to Melbourne to play a Victory side which hadn’t won in its previous four games, and they came away with a point and plenty of plaudits after coming from a goal behind due to a controvertial penalty.
Brisbane squad 3) Shane Stefanutto, 5) Corey Brown, 7) Corona, 9) Jamie Maclaren, 10) Henrique, 11) Jean Carlos Solórzano, 13) Jade North, 14) Daniel Bowles, 15) James Donachie, 16) Devante Clut, 17) Matt McKay, 18) Javier Hervas, 19) Jack Hingert, 21) Jamie Young, 22) Thomas Broich, 23) Dimitri Petratos, 28) Brandon Borrello, 36) Andre Jannese.
*Two to be omitted.
Perth Squad 1) Ante Covic, 2) Alex Grant, 3) Marc Warren, 5) Antony Golec, 7) Gyorgy Sandor, 11) Richard Garcia, 12) Jerrad Tyson, 13) Diogo Ferreira, 14) Chris Harold, 15) Hagi Gligor, 17) Diego Castro, 18) Mitch Oxborrow, 19) Josh Risdon, 23) Michael Thwaite, 24) Jamal Reiners, 25) Jacob Collard, 28) Joe Knowles, 29) Aryn Williams.
*Two to be omitted.
It’s unlikely that Brisbane will make any changes to the side which played so well against City last Sunday. If a change were to be made, it would be Henrique returning to the side, however it would be harsh to drop Borrello based on last week’s performance.
DeVere, Theo, and probably Brown and Clut will all see game time in the NYL on Sunday ahead of next week’s trip to Wellington when the Olyroos players depart.
Expected Brisbane XI
Young, Hingert, Bowles, North, Stefanutto, Corona, McKay, Petratos, Broich, Borrello, Maclaren.
Substitutes: Jannese, Donachie, Hervas, Henrique, Solórzano.
Omitted: Brown, Clut.
Perth played well last week in Melbourne and could have won the game in the end, so it’s unlikely that Kenny Lowe will make any changes from the starting XI. If he were to make a change, it would likely be on the bench where he seemingly lacks attacking options, so perhaps one of Williams or Golec would be left out for young striker Joe Knowles.
Expected Perth XI
Covic, Risdon, Thwaite, Grant, Warren, Ferreira, Sandor, Garcia, Harold, Castro, Reiners.
Substitutes: Tyson, Williams, Oxborrow, Gligor, Golec.
Omitted: Collard, Knowles.
Top Scorer Brisbane: Jamie Maclaren (6)
Perth: Diego Castro (4)
2015-16 Against Perth Glory Round 6- Brisbane Roar 1-0 Perth Glory