A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC
The two teams are each in possession of a top-six spot, but know how tenuous their grip is ahead of the final weekend of the A-League regular season
|By GOAL AUSTRALIA
Hingert, Donachie, North, Stefanutto
Franjic, Lustic, Brattan, BroichNijland, Berisha
Ryall, Griffiths, Calvano, Grant
Antonis, McFlynn, Triantis, Abbas
Del Piero, Griffiths
With all to play for on Thursday, both Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC will be looking to build on their respective impressive performances last weekend and secure a finals spot.
Brisbane - in fifth place on the A-League table - will be considered the favourites following their convincing win over Melbourne Heart last Sunday, when they arguably played some of their best football of the season.
The return of defender Jade North will also come as welcome news for the home side, who missed last week while on international duty with Australia.
Sky Blues captain Terry McFlynn looks set to be available for the crucial clash after recovering from injury, and could come back into the XI after Brett Emerton's red card against city rivals Western Sydney last Saturday.
Emerton will miss the tie as he serves a one-match ban in a blow for Sydney FC, who are sixth and level on points with Brisbane but trail considerably by goal difference.
The sending off proved to be Sydney FC's sixth red in five away matches, which suggests that keeping XI players on the pitch will be a pivotal factor if the Sky Blues are to leave Suncorp Stadium with all three points and a finals spot.
Socceroos captain Lucas Neill is also out of Thursday's match, due to injury.
Despite ending table-topping Western Sydney Wanderers’ 10 match winning run with a deserved 1-1 draw, Sydney FC will be considered underdogs, with only three draws managed in their last eight away games.
It was a 2-1 win against Brisbane in their last meeting that propelled Sydney FC into a top-six place, thanks to the talismanic Alessandro Del Piero, who has scored three goals in his previous two games against the Roar.
But they will come up against a much more confident-looking Brisbane side on Thursday, who enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win over Heart.
A Besart Berisha penalty and a 30-yard stunner from Thomas Broich was enough to secure the win on Sunday, but they may have to be more clinical in front of goal to gain a positive result.
The Roar have only lost one of their previous five matches, and a strong home crowd could give them the advantage needed to carry on their impressive form.
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Top 3 Predictions
Brisbane Roar 1-2 Sydney FC
- 22.73 %
Brisbane Roar 3-1 Sydney FC
- 13.64 %
Brisbane Roar 2-2 Sydney FC
- 9.09 %
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|30/11/2013||Brisbane Roar 1 - Perth Glory 0||AUS1|
|22/11/2013||Brisbane Roar 3 - Western Sydney Wanderers 1||AUS1|
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|10/11/2013||Central Coast Mariners 0 - Brisbane Roar 1||AUS1|
|-||Alessandro Del Piero||Striker|