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AFC Champions League

  • 17 April 2012
  • • 19:30
  • • Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Referee: M. Torki
  • • Attendance: 7200

ACL preview: Brisbane Roar v Ulsan Hyundai

ACL preview: Brisbane Roar v Ulsan Hyundai

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The Roar have a grand final to look forward to on Sunday, while Ulsan are missing that winning feeling. It looms as an intriguing battle at Suncorp

Which Brisbane Roar will we see when they host Ulsan Hyundai on Tuesday?

Will Ange Postecoglou's men look to push on from their confidence-building draw against Ulsan in South Korea on April 4? Or will Sunday's A-League grand final be taking too much of the Roar's focus?

Either way, Postecoglou probably could not be happier with where his team sits at present. While the Central Coast Mariners ultimately struggled to balance their A-League campaign and their AFC Champions League commitments, the busy schedule seems to have pushed Brisbane to another level.

Their last loss in any competitions was to FC Tokyo on March 6, on the first matchday of the ACL.

Before that, one has to go right back to January 28, when they were upset by the Newcastle Jets in the league. With another home grand final waiting on Sunday, and after a week's rest, the Roar should be firing for this one.

Ulsan are similar, in that they have only lost once in their last 10 games across all competitions, although there has probably been a few too many draws in that run for their liking.

After winning four successive games in all competitions in March, a draw with FC Toyko and a loss to Daegu in the K-League kicked off a difficult run for the Horangi.

Since then, they have won just one out match in six. Still, they sit in fourth spot in the K-League and equal second in Group F in the ACL, so they should present a terrific challenge to the Roar.

Brisbane will be fresh from enjoying a week off, after earning their right to host the A-League grand final in the major semi-final.

They have a relatively clean bill of health, though striker Besart Berisha may be rested as he recovers from a virus and Matt Jurman will definitely miss through suspension.

Ulsan will be close to full strength, with defender Kwak Tae-Hwi - captain of both the Morangi and the South Korea national team - looming as a key man in his side's trip to Suncorp stadium.

The situation is far more dramatic for Brisbane than their opponents - if the Roar want to get out of their group and into the Round of 16, the match is a must win.

The tough away trips in the ACL mean Ulsan would likely settle for a draw, but what sort of mood the Roar stride out onto the pitch on Tuesday in may have a big say in the result.

Can the Roar claim victory? Or will Ulsan taste success on their travels?
Have your say and make your predictions below!


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