The Roar are facing an uphill battle in their A-league opener. John Aloisi’s side are facing life without Thomas Broich with the German named as the A-league player of the opening decade of the competition. The Queenslanders are an ageing outfit which is highlighted by their recruitment of former Serie A striker, Massimo Maccarone at 38 years of age. Throw in the fact that they have a terrible record against City in Melbourne and the Roar could be waiting another week for their first points.
3 KEY POINTS
- MELBOURNE CITY only lost three times at home last season
- BRISBANE ROAR completed last season with a 4-5-5 away record
- MELBOURNE CITY will be without their top goalscorer Bruno Fornaroli (injured) and Tim Cahill (Socceroos duty)
This is all positive news for City.
- Brisbane’s last win against Melbourne in an away fixture was in November 2010
- Home sides have dominated this fixture in recent years with five wins and three draws from the past eight encounters
- Brisbane struggled to score goals on the road in 2016/17 with just 18 in 14 matches, ranking them sixth in the league
- Brisbane has been poor on the road for a few seasons now with just 7 wins from 24 games. City will be without two of their big guns and how they cope under new coach Warren Joyce is also a big question mark, however, playing at home will be a big advantage and they are definitely worth a few dollars here.
DRAW / MELBOURNE CITY
- It should be tough early but we think City will be able to find a few holes in the Brisbane outfit in the second half
- Expect the former Aston Villa man to make his mark early in the A-league
TOTAL GOALS OVER OR UNDER
- Expect there to be a few goals in this one with 17 being scored in their past six clashes