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  • 25 March 2012
  • • 18:30
  • • Skilled Park, Gold Coast
  • Referee: P. Green
  • • Attendance: 6102

A-League preview: Gold Coast United v Brisbane Roar

A-League preview: Gold Coast United v Brisbane Roar


All is to play for in this fixture of rivals. Gold Coast could be playing their last game, and Brisbane are still fighting for the Premiers Plate


McGowan, Anderson, Thwaite, Traore
Bowles, Jungschlager, Brillante, Brown
Harold, Rigters


Franjic, Adnan, Smith, Stefanutto
Broich, Paartalu, Nichols
Nakajima-Farran, Berisha, Fitzgerald


A win for the home side could move them off the bottom of the table and avoid the much-dreaded wooden spoon, while a victory for Brisbane could give them the Premiers Plate - results must also go the way of the winner for either scenario to occur, however.

Gold Coast recorded an impressive result against Perth at home on Sunday, winning 3-0 to claim their first three points since December 26.

Their young squad showed promise with a well-rounded performance, but knows that Sunday may in fact be the last time Gold Coast field a side in the A-League, with the club's future still very much in doubt.

Zach Anderson scored early against the Glory before a late James Brown double secured a rousing win and put a smile on the faces of fans that have been through hell of late.

Regardless of United's future, Gold Coast defend Adama Traore will play his last game for the club after he signed a two-year deal with Melbourne Victory.

Brisbane will be looking to steal the Premier's Plate from the Central Coast Mariners, but need Wellington to do them a favour a few hours earlier on Sunday.

Their late winner against Newcastle last week gave them a sniff of first place, which had appeared unlikely since the aftermath to their impressive undefeated streak earlier in the season.

Brisbane played well against Newcastle on Saturday but made it difficult for themselves by missing a penalty and hitting the woodwork twice.

An impressive 1-1 draw against Beijing Guoan in the AFC Champions League will give the side added confidence headed into the last week of the season.

Mitch Nichols continued his impressive form scoring for the second game running, while the likes of Matt Jurman and Nick Fitzgerald could be in contention for a role from the opening whistle after coach Ange Postecoglou started a strong XI against Beijing in China.

United coach Mike Mulvey, meanwhile, will find it difficult not to include two-goal hero Brown in his starting line-up on Sunday.


  • Gold Coast had their first win in 13 games last Sunday against Perth. Their previous win was against Sunday's opponents Brisbane Roar in December.
  • Gold Coast have not won a game this season after conceding the first goal in a match.
  • Besart Berisha is just one shy of 20 league goals this season. This would set a new record in the A-League for most goals in a campaign.
  • Brisbane have scored the most goals this season of any team (48).
  • Gold Coast have the lowest average attendance of any team at home, with an average of 3,350 people per home game.




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