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  • 21 December 2012
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A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory

A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory

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The grand final rematch at Suncorp has been overshadowed by the coaching change at the Roar, but the importance of three points has not been lost on either side

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  PROBABLE LINEUP
BRISBANE ROAR

Theo
Hingert, Franjic, Smith, Stefanutto
Murdocca, Paartalu, Nichols
Halloran, Broich, Henrique

PERTH GLORY

Vukovic
Risdon, Thwaite, Van den Brink, Jamieson
Dodd, Miller, Burns, Heffernan
McGarry, Smeltz

Brisbane Roar can ill afford to drop points when they welcome Perth Glory to Suncorp Stadium on Friday, in what has quickly become one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures on the A-League calendar.

Adding to the drama in the lead-up this week was the coaching change at the hosts, with Rado Vidosic moved into a technical director's role and former Gold Coast United coach replacing him on the touchline.

It seems some time ago that the Roar, under the guidance of the now departed Ange Postecoglou, made it back-to-back championships last season courtesy of a contentious 97th-minute penalty at the expense of the Glory.

Controversial marksman Besart Berisha, who was brought down inside the box, converted the resulting spot kick to clinch an unprecedented second successive title and break the hearts of Ian Ferguson and his troops.

Since that remarkable day in April, the two sides have squared off once, with the Glory exacting revenge in Week 1 this season.

A lot has changed since their season-opening encounter and both teams are aware their campaigns are on the line.

The Roar earned a share of the spoils with Melbourne Victory last Saturday but still sit second-from-bottom, while the Glory accounted for the Newcastle Jets 3-0 to snap a five-game winless streak.

The hero-villain from last season's decider - Besart Berisha - will be missing after injurying his shoulder at AAMI Park on Saturday.

His absence could create a big problem, with last season's top goal scorer shouldering most of the load with five goals in 11 games so far this campaign.

Thomas Broich and Erik Paartalu have scored four goals between but they are not strikers, so the onus will be on the likes of Henrique and, if fit, Mitch Nichols to rise to the occasion.

But can the Glory make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season?

Having collected just one point from five matches, Ferguson's men claimed a win thanks to a comfortable 3-0 victory over the Jets last Friday.

After winning a match this year, the Glory have either lost or played out a draw the following week.

History is against the boys from Western Australia, but with Shane Smeltz and Travis Dodd in form, anything is possible.
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1Michael TheoklitosGoalkeeper
2Matt SmithDefender
3Shane StefanuttoDefender
5Ivan FranjicDefender
15James DonachieDefender
8Erik PaartaluMidfielder
8Massimo MurdoccaMidfielder
18Mitch NicholsMidfielder
22Thomas BroichMidfielder
22Besart BerishaStriker
10HenriqueStriker
20Matt ActonGoalkeeper
19Jack HingertDefender
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16Dean HeffernanDefender
19Joshua RisdonDefender
14Scott JamiesonDefender
-Michael ThwaiteDefender
7Jacob BurnsMidfielder
33Liam MillerMidfielder
14Steven McGarryMidfielder
9Shane SmeltzStriker
13Travis DoddMidfielder
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