Match Preview - Roar v Heart

Melbourne Heart FC will look to jump to third on the Hyundai A-League table when the side takes on reigning champions Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium tonight.

Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Heart Friday, 9 December 2011 Venue: Suncorp Stadium Local Kick Off: 7:00 pm

Melbourne Heart FC will look to jump to third on the Hyundai A-League table when the side takes on reigning champions Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium tonight.

While Brisbane sits comfortably clear atop the Hyundai A-League, a glut of teams occupying the finals places sit within mere points of each other, placing added emphasis on a strong performance by the red and white as Head Coach John van ‘t Schip-s team continues to stake its claim for a top six berth.

After claiming a hard fought 1-0 win over the Wellington Phoenix in Morwell, Heart reinforced its status as one of the form teams of the competition, winning three of its last four matches to commence its climb up the Hyundai A-League table.

The Roar meanwhile have suffered a stutter of sorts, albeit of the very minor kind after suffering an unlikely 2-0 loss to Sydney FC, ending the Club-s unprecedented 36-match unbeaten streak, an Australian record.

Recent Results

29 January 2011 - Brisbane Roar 2 - Melbourne Heart FC 1 @ Skilled Park 14 November 2010 - Melbourne Heart FC 1 Brisbane Roar 2 @ AAMI Park 25 September 2010 - Brisbane Roar 4 Melbourne Heart FC 0 @ Suncorp Stadium

Danger Man

Besart Berisha - The leading scorer in the Hyundai A-League with nine goals from as many games, the Albanian international will undoubtedly force the Heart rearguard to remain vigilant.

Fact of the Week

Melbourne Heart FC hasn-t conceded a goal from open play in its last seven matches.

Squad

Brisbane Roar Squad: 1. Michael Theoklitos (GK), 2. Matt Smith (Capt.), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 4. Matt Jurman , 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Erik Paaratlu, 7. Besart Berisha, 8. Massimo Murdocca, 9. Kofi Danning, 10. Henrique, 11. Issey Nakajima-Farran, 16. Mohamed Adnan, 17. Mitch Nichols, 18. Luke Brattan, 19. Jack Hingert, 22. Thomas Broich, 30. Matt Acton (GK). *two to be omitted*

Melbourne Heart FC squad: 1. Clint Bolton (GK), 2. Michael Marrone, 3.Brendan Hamill, 5.Fred (capt.), 6.Matt Thompson, 7.Rutger Worm, 9.Maycon, 13.Jonatan Germano, 16.Aziz Behich, 17.Jason Hoffman, 18.Curtis Good, 19.Eli Babalj, 23.Mate Dugandzic, 25.Adrian Madaschi, 30.Sebastian Mattei (GK)