Match: Sydney FC vs Brisbane Roar - 17/3/18
A-League Round 23
Sydney FC vs Brisbane Roar
Kick off: 7:50pm
After a tough couple of results in the ACL and the loss to Newcastle, this will be an important game for Sydney FC to get back to winning ways. Brisbane have been in patchy form so far this season, and Sydney have managed to score three times in each of the two meetings. Sydney will be without their two starting fullbacks, Wilkshire and Zullo, which may reduce the club's ability to play with width. However, Brisbane will also be without a number of players, with an extensive outs list including Theo, North and Papadopoulos (but not for match fixing). All of these outs at the back mean that Sydney will hopefully be able to create a number of chances.
Club League Form
Last 5 Results
8/1/18 - Brisbane Roar 0 - 3 Sydney FC
25/11/17 - Sydney FC 3 - 1 Brisbane Roar
3/2/17 - Brisbane Roar 0 - 0 Sydney FC
30/12/16 - Sydney FC 2 - 0 Brisbane Roar
19/11/16 - Brisbane Roar 1 - 1 Sydney FC
Sydney FC squad: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (Gk), 2.Aaron CALVER, 3.Ben WARLAND, 4.Alex WILKINSON, 5.Jordy BUIJS, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 8.Paulo RETRE, 9.BOBÔ, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Adrian MIERZEJEWSKI, 12.Fabio FERREIRA, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 14.Alex BROSQUE (C), 16.Anthony KALIK, 17.David CARNEY, 18.Matt SIMON, 19. Chris ZUVELA, 20.Alex CISAK (Gk)
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 3.Ben WARLAND (promoted), 16.Anthony KALIK (promoted), 19.Chris ZUVELA (promoted)
Outs: 26.Luke WILKSHIRE (illness – 1 week)
Unavailable: 23.Rhyan GRANT (knee – indefinite), 7. Michael ZULLO (hamstring – 1 week)
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 2.Dane INGHAM, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 5.Corey BROWN, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Massimo MACCARONE, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 11.Corey GAMEIRO, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 17.Matt MCKAY (C), 18.Joe CALETTI, 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (Gk), 22.Eric BAUTHEAC, 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 31.Brendan WHITE (Gk), 33.Henrique SILVA, 77.Ivan FRANJIC
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Dane INGHAM (promoted), 5.Corey BROWN (promoted), 8.Jacob PEPPER (promoted), 18.Joe CALETTI (returns from injury), 24.Connor O’TOOLE (promoted)
Outs: 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS (fractured ankle – TBC), 13.Jade NORTH (calf – 2-4 weeks), 20. Shannon BRADY (not selected)
Unavailable: 1.Michael THEO (Gk) (finger – TBC), 3.Luke DEVERE (knee – 3-4 weeks), 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO (ankle – 1 week)
Former Roar Players in Sydney Squad
- Andrew Redmayne (2010-12)
- Michael Zullo (2007-10)
- Alex Brosque (2006-7)
Former Sydney Players in Roar Squad
- Corey Gameiro (2013-15)
Players appearing in all league games this season
- Josh Brillante
- Jordy Buijs
- David Carney
- Andrew Redmayne
- Alex Wilkinson
League goalscorers 2017/18
- Bobo - 22
- Mierzejewski - 12
- Brosque/Carney/Ninkovic - 4
- O'Neill - 2
- Brillante/Ryall/Wilkshire/Zullo - 1
League yellow cards 2017/18
- O'Neill - 6
- Wilkshire - 5
- Brillante - 4
- Mierzejewski/Ninkovic - 3
- Buijs/Brosque/Zullo - 2
- Simon/Bobo/Carney/Retre/Wilkinson - 1
Fabio Ferreira primed for first start in Sydney FC colours
Sydney FC winger Fabio Ferreira is in line to make his first start for his new club when the Sky Blues face Brisbane Roar at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
The Portuguese winger is understood to be a strong chance to make his first appearance in the starting line-up with three first team regulars battling fatigue and fitness concerns. It's understood Ferreira is likely to start in place of one of Alex Brosque, Milos Ninkovic or potentially Adrian Mierzejewski just four days after the Sky Blues played against Kashima Antlers away in the Asian Champions League.
The travelling squad only arrived back in Sydney on Thursday morning after an overnight flight from Japan. Brosque and Mierzejewski played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Kashima and will have to prove their fitness on Friday's final training session before the match against the Roar.
Ninkovic did not play against the Antlers, spared from the travel due to a minor muscle injury sustained during the Sky Blues' 2-1 defeat to Newcastle Jets a fortnight ago and a decision whether to start the Serbian playmaker won't likely be decided until close to match day.
Brazilian striker Bobo was another who remained in Sydney and is set to start but with his three supporting attackers uncertain to start, Ferreira is looking increasingly likely to make his first appearance in the first 11 for Sydney FC.
It's a very important game, we have to win and I believe we are going to win to get another step forward to where we want," Ferreira said. "
Alongside Ninkovic and Bobo, Brandon O'Neill, David Carney and Michael Zullo did not travel to Japan and are all likely to start to provide fresh legs for the Sky Blues on Saturday.
"We have been training with the ones that didn't travel and the few players that stayed back as well," Ferreira said. "We all stayed behind, at least we are going to be fresher than the others and that's going to help the team. "
The former Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United winger joined Sydney FC as a free agent in February but has only made two short appearances, amounting to just four minutes and is determined to work his way into the first team.
"I just have to keep working and wait for the opportunity. Obviously I came in the middle of the season, the team is strong, it's set up. I want to play more, I want to work hard and give everything I can. When it comes to my opportunity I want to work hard and claim my spot."
My predicted line up
Retre ----- Buijs --- Wilkinson---Warland
Ferreira ------- Kalik ----------Carney
I can see Zuvella playing for Brilliante as well because Brilliante's played nearly every game. I was really impressed by his performance against Kashima away (which is no easy gig), he didn't look out of place. But I doubt Arnie will do that
Terry McFlynn, everywhere I look around
Carney will play LB and the front 4 will be Ferreira, Adrian, Ninko & Bobo
Zuvela was cramping up after 80 minutes the other night, no way he starts.
That's 4 changes from the other night and when you include Retre at RB that's 3 players outside of the preferred 11 starting. Arnie's not making any more changes than that.
@ RedKat: Zullo's out. You also seem to have completely overlooked Carney (not even on bench).
@ CountArach: I don't think Brosque has it in his legs to be able to start 2 matches in such a short time, especially after the long flight. If the game the other night was here then maybe we could get 60 minutes out of him. I would expect him to come on for Ninko after 60/65 minutes.
Retre Buijs Wilko Carney
Ferreira Adrian Ninko
Bench: Cisak, Calver, Zuvela, Brosque, Simon