Adelaide will be looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they head to Suncorp Stadium to take on Brisbane. The defending A-league champions finally break their maiden last week when beating Wellington 2-0 at home. It was their first win in nine rounds and puts them equal with the Phoenix and Jets in last spot on the table.
This week’s assignment is infinitely harder as they face the league’s best home team in Brisbane, who are unbeaten in four games at home this season and lost only once there in 2015/16.
HARD TO TOSS
John Aloisi’s side have been hard to beat this season having lost just once in the opening nine rounds. That said, they are coming into this off four straight 1-1 draws after notching a hat-trick of wins previously.
While that would be frustrating for the Queenslanders, playing in front of their fans will give them a tremendous boost as they have won two and drawn two from their four matches at the venue so far this season.
The two teams that held them to draws are two of the form teams of the competition – Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory!
OFF THE MARK
It was about this time last season when Adelaide kicked off their remarkable streak to go from last to first on the A-league table.
While it would be too much to expect something similar this time around, Adelaide have been working up to a win and last week’s result against Wellington was well deserved. The week prior they became the first team to hold Sydney FC scoreless in the league in a 0-0 result at Allianz.
HOW IT PANS OUT
Adelaide have a good record against Brisbane and have won three of their last five clashes.
The big question is whether they can maintain the rage as they look to keep a clean sheet for the third consecutive match.
An improving Adelaide defence is the last thing Roar’s strikers would be hoping to face considering they only average a goal a game.
Brisbane were impressive in stages against Melbourne City last week during a 1-1 result, however, had Jamie Maclaren taken more than one of his chances they should have won. It’s hard to criticize Maclaren though who has scored in his last two games and is the Roar’s leading scorer with four.
With their imposing home record we are definitely leaning towards Brisbane but Adelaide will give them one heck of a game.
THE TIP: Brisbane
TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: Overs – games between these two are usually goalfests and average 3.5 goals per game in their last six contests