Hyundai A-League Preview: Roar v Phoenix

Brisbane Roar take the Hyundai A-League north where Phoenix, on a high after dispatching reigning champions Victory last week, are their opponents in tropical Cairns.

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MATCH DETAILS

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Brisbane Roar FC v Wellington Phoenix

Cazaly’s Stadium, Cairns

Kick-Off: 4:15 PM (Local) (5:15 PM (AEDT))

Referee: Jarred Gillett

Assistant Referee 1: Nathan MacDonald

Assistant Referee 2: Anton Shchetinin

Fourth Official: Casey Reibelt

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 5.00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand)

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Radio Broadcast: 612 ABC Brisbane, ABC Local Radio Qld, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live.

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Brisbane Roar FC squad: 3.Shane STEFANUTTO, 7.CORONA, 8.Steven LUSTICA, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.HENRIQUE, 11.Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 13.Jade NORTH, 14.Daniel BOWLES, 15.James DONACHIE, 16.Devante CLUT, 17.Matt McKAY (c), 18.Javier HERVAS, 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Dimitri PETRATOS, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 36.Andre JANNESE (gk)

**two to be omitted**

Brisbane Roar striker Jean Carlos Solorzano is on a hot goal scoring streak.

Ins: 12.Jean Carlos SOLORZANO (promoted), 18.Javier HERVAS (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 1.Michael THEO (gk) (quad strain - 2 weeks), 33.Luke DEVERE (quad - 2 weeks)

Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Glen MOSS (GK), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3.Justin GULLEY, 4.Roly BONEVACIA, 7.Jeffrey SARPONG, 8.Alex RODRIGUEZ, 10.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 12.Blake Powell, 13.Albert RIERA, 14.Alex RUFER, 16.Louis FENTON, 18.Ben SIGMUND, 19.Tom DOYLE, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (GK), 21.Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE (c), 23.Matthew RIDENTON

**one to be omitted**

Phoenix players celebrate Roly Bonevacia's strike against Victory.

Ins: 3.Justin GULLEY (returns from injury), 23.Matthew RIDENTON (promoted)

Outs: 17.Vince LIA (muscle injury - 1 week)

Unavailable: Nil

BLUFFER’S GUIDE

Don’t read too much into fourth-placed Roar’s loss last week to the Wanderers.

The Brisbane outfit showed enough to suggest they’ll be a top four side come season's end, despite a slim 2-1 loss to a top-class red and black outfit.

And with Jamie Maclaren up front ably supported by Thomas Broich, Brandon Borrello, Henrique, Matt McKay and Spaniard Corona, there’s class across the park for the fans to enjoy.

Making the long flight from Wellington, Phoenix in sixth spot on the ladder will arrive buoyed by a win over Victory on what looked like a cow paddock in Auckland last week. 

They will have to endure some pretty hot conditions on late Saturday afternoon but have enough talent across the park to win this one. 

But like Roar, there’s enough firepower in their ranks to guarantee end-to-end football and plenty of goalmouth action. 

This should be a game to savour for the Cairns fans, who will see live A-League action for the first time on what is apparently on an excellent surface at Cazaly’s Stadium.

FORM LINES (previous five games)

Brisbane Roar: DWDDL

Wellington Phoenix: DWLDW

PREDICTION

Brisbane Roar 3-2 Wellington Phoenix