Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne City Preview

Melbourne City are on the road this week, making the trip up to Brisbane and Suncorp Stadium to face the Roar. Both teams are looking to register their first win of the season and we should see a fiercely fought battle tonight.

Disappointment again for Melbourne City last week, as the team’s inability to hold onto a lead was on display once more. It ended 2-1 for Adelaide, a score we correctly predicted, and pressure is surely mounting on manager John van’t Schip. The only positive from that match was Iain Ramsay being dropped, with Jonatan Germano being brought in following a spell on the sidelines with an injury. Germano didn’t last long though, coming off with another injury, raising questions as to whether he was rushed in to the squad due to a lack of other options at left back. It’s a position where Melbourne City have no answers, much like in between the goals, and now with David Villa gone and Joshua Kennedy not to join until January, there does seem to be a hole at the top of the formation as well. Combine this with John van’t Schip’s less than stellar record, which raises serious questions about his ability, it’s hard to see Melbourne City recording their first win today.

Brisbane Roar would be disappointed with their start to the season. Having won the Grand Final last season, they’ve lost all 3 games so far this season and find themselves equal last on the table. However, it’s still a quality side despite the poor results so far, which have come against tough opponents. With an easier match up at home today they’ll be confident of pulling off a win.

Line ups
Brisbane Roar Squad:
2.Matt SMITH (C)
3.Shane STEFANUTTO
5.Corey BROWN
7.Mensur KURTISHI
8.Steven LUSTICA
10.HENRIQUE
12.Jean Carlos SOLORZANO
13.Jade NORTH
14.Daniel BOWLES
15.James DONACHIE
17.Matt McKAY
18.Luke BRATTAN
19.Jack HINGERT
21.Jamie YOUNG (GK)
22.Thomas BROICH
23.Dimitri PETRATOS
28.Brandon BORRELLO
30.Matthew ACTON (GK)
two to be omitted

Ins:
Corey BROWN (promoted)
Daniel BOWLES (promoted)
Matt McKAY (returns from suspension)

Outs:
Liam MILLER (released)

Melbourne City Squad:
1.Andrew REDMAYNE (GK)
3.Robbie WIELAERT
5.Erik PAARTALU
6.Aaron MOOY
7.Iain RAMSAY
11.Damien DUFF
14.James BROWN
15.David WILLIAMS
17.Jason HOFFMAN
19.Ben GARUCCIO
20.Tando VELAPHI (GK)
21.Stefan MAUK
22.Nick KALMAR
23.Mate DUGANDZIC
24.Patrick KISNORBO (C)
25.Jacob MELLING
26.Marc MARINO
27.Ross ARCHIBALD
two to be omitted

Ins:
7.Iain RAMSAY (promoted)
14.James BROWN (promoted)
21.Stefan MAUK (promoted)
22.Nick KALMAR (promoted)
26.Marc MARINO (promoted)

Outs:
8.Massimo MURDOCCA (groin – 1-2 weeks)
9.David VILLA (not available for selection)
13.Jonatan GERMANO (hamstring – 2-4 weeks),

Prediction
Brisbane Roar look like they’ll get their first win of the season tonight, 3-1 to the home team.

Betting Odds
Brisbane look good value today, paying $2.05 for the win. If you fancy Melbourne City tonight, they’re paying $3.35. Whereas, if you think both teams will still be searching for a win tonight, the draw will get you $3.50.

Match Details
Who: Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne City
When: 7:30 PM (AEDT), Saturday 8th November 2014
Where: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane