Five things to look forward to: Brisbane v City

Brissy calling

It may be an opportune time to take on the Roar for the second time this season with Brisbane still looking to spark their season.

The Roar have improved gradually since our Round 1 encounter and last week’s comeback against Victory to secure a point has been their most impressive performance thus far.

Touching down in Brisbane this time of the year helps in some aspects with weather however, humidity will still play into the hands of the hosts.

Our record at Suncorp Stadium isn’t too impressive, with only one win and a draw in our last five encounters but it’s a new look City this season on their second road trip.

Second up

Friday night will be the first time we take on a side for the second time this season as we head towards the new year.

Despite taking on the Roar twice, we are yet to face Newcastle, Central Coast and Perth this season, coincidentally, the sides we take on in the next three weeks.

The A-League ladder is starting to shape up and another three points this Friday night will be important in establishing ourselves as a league contender.

An Italian and a Dutchman walk into a bar…

An amazing relationship is being forged between Iacopo La Rocca and Bart Schenkeveld in the centre of City’s defence and we’re loving it!

The two defenders - who are the league’s only ‘new’ defensive pairing - have hit it off so far and alongside fellow new comer Eugene Galekovic, the trio boast the best defensive record in the league.

No one would have foreseen the odd couple become one of the best defensive pairings but the relationship has blossomed and will look to continue to blossom on Friday night.

Fitzy’s due

The only thing missing to Nick Fitzgerald’s game this season is goals. The forward has been one of the most impressive players in the league, being named Fox Sports’ Player of the Month in October.

Fitzgerald has three assists to his name this season and eleven successful dribbles showing the man is not far away but an elusive goal is still missing and we feel it may come this weekend.

Familiar friends become our foe

This Friday night may see two of our former City stars line up for the Roar as Corey Gameiro and Ivan Franjic pull on an orange shirt.

Gameiro was with the Roar in our Round 1 encounter but was not fit for the clash while Franjic made an incredible return to Australia after a short stint in South Korea.

Both players will have insights into our game but with the changes in our coaching ranks, City is a much different entity to last season.

It will be great to see two much loved players back out on the pitch…Just not scoring against us.