The second fixture of the A-League final series takes place this Sunday, with Brisbane Roar taking on Adelaide United.
Stadium: Moreton Daily Stadium
Brisbane Roar ended the regular season in fourth place. They picked up 11 wins, 7 draws and eight losses and were the league’s second-best defence. They have lost once in the last nine home games.
Adelaide United finished the regular season in fifth place. They conceded the most goals (41) among all the teams that qualified for the playoffs Only first-placed Melbourne City scored more goals than they did this season (39, level with Sydney FC).
Despite losing two of their last three games, Brisbane Roar sealed a fourth-place finish in the regular season and, in so doing, booked a place with Adelaide, who finished fifth.
A place in the semi-finals beckons if they can overcome this one-legged tie against The Reds.
The home team head into this tie with three wins from their last five games. At home, they have lost just once in nine games and will be looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Sydney FC in their last home game of the regular season.
Scott McDonald is the only injury absentee for Warren Moon’s side.
Jamie Young; Tom Aldred, Macaulay Gillesphey, Kai Trewin; Jack Hingert, Josh Brindell-South, Corey Brown, Jesse Daley, Rahmat Akbari; Riku Danzaki, Dylan Wenzel-Halls.
After a 2-2 draw in their last game of the regular season, Adelaide United are looking to bounce back here as they try to book a place in the next stage of the playoffs.
They head into this tie on a poor run of form, having taken just two wins from their last ten games.
The Reds have won just one of their last five away games, losing four in that period. They will look to put that poor form behind them and put up a performance reminiscent of the one that picked up a one-nil win over their opponents the last time they met.
Nathan Konstandopoulos and James Delianov are unavailable for this tie as they are injured at the moment.
Joe Gauci; Ryan Kitto, Michael Jakobsen, Jordan Elsey, Ryan Strain; Joe Caletti, Louis D’Arrigo; Yaya Dukuly, Stefan Mauk, Ben Halloran; Tomi Juric.
Brisbane Roar : Draw : Adelaide United :: 2.30 : 3.40 : 3.10
|Brisbane Roar Goal
|Adelaide United Goal
Brisbane Roar 2-1 Adelaide United