A-League Elimination Finals – Melbourne City vs Brisbane Roar Preview

When? Friday 20th April, 10:50 (UK)

Where? AAMI Park

What channel is it on? BT Sport 1

Are tickets still available?

Melbourne City & Brisbane Roar - http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MCITYEF18

Where can I stream the match? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Melbourne City W2, Brisbane Roar W1, D2
A-League meetings: Melbourne City W10, Brisbane Roar W9, D5

MELBOURNE CITY

Predicted line-up: Bouzanis; Atkinson, Schenkeveld, Jakobsen, Jamieson; Bozanic, Brattan; Vidosic, Mauk, Arzani; Fornaroli

Unavailable: La Rocca (Out of favour), Tongyik (Out of favour), Cavallo (Injured)

Doubtful:

BRISBANE ROAR

Predicted line-up: Young; Hingert, Pepper, Bowles, Franjic; Kristensen, McKay; Bautheac, Holman, Ben Khalfallah; Maccarone

Unavailable: Theo (Injured), D'Agostino (Injured), DeVere (Injured), Papadopoulos (Injured), North (Injured)

Doubtful:

PREDICTION
Melbourne City had to make do with a third-place finish in the A-League regular season and a subsequent appearance in the elimination finals stage of the play-offs where they play host to the Brisbane Roar.

Warren Joyce’s side come into this game having had their end of season unbeaten run bought to an end in somewhat surprise fashion. That being a defeat to Wellington Phoenix, one that saw the New Zealanders avoid being handed the wooden spoon.

That defeat has not given them the best of preparations going into this game, while the opposite can be said for their Brisbane-based opponents who made sure of a top six finish in their final league outing when they beat Perth Glory in what was a winner takes all clash.

They also needed Adelaide United to do them a huge favour by beating Western Sydney Wanderers and it was the combination of those two results that sees them finish in the top half-dozen of the table.

As the rank outsiders, Brisbane Roar are going to have their work cut out if they are to move onto the next stage of the competition. Unfortunately for them, this Melbourne City side look like they have an extra bit of quality at their disposal, something that they will put to good use on Friday after earning a victory over John Aloisi’s men.

MEMORABLE MEETING
You must go back to November 2010 for the last time that Brisbane Roar got the better of Melbourne City in Melbourne. It’s now more seven years since that success and one that arguably still lives long in the memory of Roar fans.

Former Sheffield Wednesday striker Gerald Sibon opened the scoring for the hosts as early as the 11th minute but second half goals from Kosta Barbarouses and Jean Solorzano turned the tie on its head as the visitors edged out a 2-1 win.