Both sides will be looking for improvement following their opening round efforts. Brisbane were particularly lacking some penetration against Melbourne City in their Round 1 clash and marquee man Massimo Maccarone will need some quality service if he is to bang in the goals. With injuries still a concern and visa issues for Eric Bautheac, John Aloisi will have his work cut out over the next few weeks. Adelaide aren’t in a better spot having looked ordinary in the opening exchanges against Wellington last week and now have to travel to Brisbane in a seriously long trip over opening two weeks of the campaign.
3 KEY POINTS
- ADELAIDE UNITED had the worst away record of any team in the A-league last season (1-4-8)
- BRISBANE ROAR had the third best points differential when playing at home in 2016/17 (+11) – only Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory were better
- Brett Holman and possibly Luke DeVere will be welcome additions to Brisbane’s line-up this week
Brisbane see Red!
- Adelaide has won three of the past six against Brisbane with one draw thrown into the mix
- Brisbane’s two wins during this span have been by a combined score of 7-0
- Playing the Overs might be the way to go here as there is an average of 3.33 goals per game scored over their past six clashes
- We are prepared to give Brisbane Roar the benefit of the doubt here especially since the match is at Suncorp Stadium. A tough road trip for Adelaide to get things underway this campaign may put them on the back foot early and with Brisbane being a dangerous home side, the parochial Queensland crowd may be enough to get the Roar home.
DRAW / BRISBANE ROAR
- Expect a tight one in the first 45 minutes with the Roar to get on top of things in the second half
- The former Serie A hitman is Brisbane’s main man up front
TOTAL GOALS OVER OR UNDER
- Get on the Overs all day as clashes between these two usually end up as goalfests