thumbnail Hello,
Live

A-League

  • 17 February 2013
  • • 17:00
  • • Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Referee: A. Milliner
  • • Attendance: 9282
2
FT
0

A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix

A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix

Getty

Fatigued they may be, but Brisbane Roar will no doubt be eyeing all three points when the Wellington Phoenix visit Suncorp Stadium on Sunday

GOAL.com Indonesia   By GOAL AUSTRALIA

  PROBABLE LINEUP

BRISBANE ROAR

Theo
Hingert, Smith, Jurman, Stefanutto
Broich, Brattan, Nichols
Halloran, Berisha, Nijland

WELLINGTON PHOENIX

Paston
Bertos, Durante, Sigmund, Lochhead
Ifill, Muscat, Cernak, Fenton
Huysegems, Gameiro
Sunday's match marks Brisbane Roar's third outing in the space of a week and – with travel considered – it will take a super effort to get three points, even against the out-of-sorts Wellington Phoenix.

Mike Mulvey's men missed out on a spot in the AFC Champions League group stages, suffering a 3-0 penalty shootout loss to Buriram United in Thailand on Wednesday.

But in the Roar's favour is their record against the Phoenix.

The teams have met 17 times, with Wellington winning just twice, while they have managed to collect just two of a possible 24 points at Suncorp Stadium.

Despite being well below their best this campaign, Brisbane are just three points behind sixth-placed Sydney with seven matches remaining.

Unavailable for Mulvey because of injury are Matt Smith [hip], while Ivan Franjic came off early in Thailand with concussion and will be rested.

But back in the squad come tricky Brazilian winger Henrique, Massimo Murdocca and Matt Jurman, the latter of which is perhaps more likely to start.

Wellington have won just one of their past seven but the fierce battle for finals places means they are only four points adrift of the top six.

A 2-1 loss to the Roar started their poor run and goals have been hard to come by, finding the net four times in those seven outings.

Further hindering Wellington's search for goals is the suspension of leading scorer Jeremy Brockie, with newly signed Fulham striker Corey Gameiro likely to start.

Defenders Tony Lochhead and Leo Bertos also return.

The Roar may be fatigued but should still be too good for the struggling Phoenix, especially at Suncorp Stadium.

Wellington have conceded 27 goals in 10 away matches, of which they have won one, and struggle in Brisbane. 

The hosts need a win and could be back in the top six by the end of the round and, while they are no longer the unbeatable force of last season, they should still have too much class for Wellington.


Goal Australia has its own and account, so for all the latest news and features on Australian football follow us by clicking on the above links

Related

Field Report
Reader's Predictions
Top 3 Predictions
Head to Head
Australia - A-League ‎(AUS1)‎ 24/01/2014 Brisbane Roar 2 - Wellington Phoenix 1
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
Australia - A-League ‎(AUS1)‎ 14/12/2013 Wellington Phoenix 1 - Brisbane Roar 2
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
Australia - A-League ‎(AUS1)‎ 13/10/2013 Wellington Phoenix 1 - Brisbane Roar 2
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
Australia - A-League ‎(AUS1)‎ 17/02/2013 Brisbane Roar 2 - Wellington Phoenix 0
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
Australia - A-League ‎(AUS1)‎ 01/01/2013 Brisbane Roar 2 - Wellington Phoenix 1
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Michael TheoklitosGoalkeeper
3Shane StefanuttoDefender
-Jade NorthDefender
15James DonachieDefender
19Jack HingertDefender
8Massimo MurdoccaMidfielder
-Ben HalloranMidfielder
18Luke BrattanMidfielder
22Thomas BroichMidfielder
-Steven LušticaMidfielder
22Besart BerishaStriker
20Matt ActonGoalkeeper
26Corey BrownDefender
18Mitch NicholsMidfielder
-Stefan NijlandMidfielder
-Kwame YeboahStriker
20Glen MossGoalkeeper
2Emmanuel MuscatDefender
4Tony LochheadDefender
-Louis FentonDefender
18Ben SigmundDefender
22Andrew DuranteDefender
19I. CernakMidfielder
17Vince LiaMidfielder
8Paul IfillMidfielder
-Tyler BoydStriker
-Corey GameiroStriker
-Mark PastonGoalkeeper
-Dani SanchezMidfielder
7Leo BertosStriker
-Stein HuysegemsStriker

From the web