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  • 16 November 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Referee: A. Milliner
  • • Attendance: 22970

A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC

A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC


Both sides are in desperate need of three points, with Sydney FC coach-less after the departure of Ian Crook and pressure mounting on Roar boss Rado Vidosic Indonesia   By OMNISPORT


Franjic, Smith, Hingert, Stefanutto
Murdocca, Paartalu, Brattan
Halloran, Berisha, Broich


Grant, Ryall, Bosschaart, Fabio
Emerton, Reid, Abbas
Yau, Del Piero, Chianese

Who would have thought two of the A-League's great achievers would meet each other down on their knees?

Between them, these two clubs have won four A-League crowns but they currently sit eighth [Sydney] and 10th Brisbane].

The Roar have picked up just four points from the last 15, while Sydney FC boast a poor 2-4 record and are without a coach following Ian Crook's sudden departure. Neither side will be big on flash - they will simply roll up the sleeves and do whatever it takes to grab a much-needed win.

Besart Berisha's likely return is huge for the Roar, but goalkeeper Michael Theo [calf] is in considerable doubt.

Matt Acton will make his A-League debut if Theo fails to pull through.

Jack Hingert is set for a start in defence, replacing Matt Jurman, while attacking midfielder Mitch Nichols could find himself benched.

Coach Rado Vidosic questioned his players' hunger in the wake of the 4-1 loss to Melbourne Heart - a performance he rated the worst in more than two years. He will be expecting a strong response against Sydney.

The Sky Blues head north without a coach following Ian Crook's shock exit. Interim coach Steve Corica is still without a full fit squad to pick from, although he does get attacking midfielder Joel Chianese back.

Scoring goals has not been Sydney's problem - stopping them is, and defence has been the main focus at training this week.

Corica will not change too much in the short time he's in charge but he has been emphasising the need for composure on the ball. If the Sky Blues go to sleep as they have in the past two weeks, Roar will rip them apart.

The last time the teams met Brisbane scored two late goals to snatch a 2-1 win at the death. There was an acrimonious postscript to the match - largely between protagonists Berisha and Sydney FC defender Pascal Bosschaart - which has not been forgotten by those involved.

But it is results, rather than any semblance of ill-feeling from that incident, which is paramount at Suncorp Stadium for each side.

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