The teams are in for Sunday’s 2nd vs 3rd clash with Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium. See who’s in and who’s out of this week’s side!
After last week’s Melbourne Derby win, John van’t Schip’s men will come into the contest relatively unchanged with Hernan Espindola dropping out of the extended side to make room for fellow young gun Matt Millar.
A handful of minutes for Aaron Hughes in the Derby gave the Northern Irishman crucial game time and van’t Schip will have yet another selection dilemma on his hands after the impressive performance of Jack Clisby at centre back against Victory.
With doubt surrounding the fitness of Jamie Maclaren and Steve Lustica this week, the latter looks to have succumbed to injury with an abdominal strain that will see him out of John Aloisi’s squad for two weeks. The Roar see the return of a young trio Devante Clut, Brandon Borrello and Corey Brown to the extended side with all three likely to make the final 16 before kick-off.
Sunday, 27 December 2015
Brisbane Roar FC v Melbourne City FC
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-Off: 6:00 PM (Local) (7:00 PM (AEDT))
Referee: Jarred Gillett
Assistant Referee 1: Nathan MacDonald
Assistant Referee 2: Ashley Beecham
Fourth Official: Alex King
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 7.00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand)
Radio Broadcast: 612 ABC Brisbane, 774 ABC Melbourne, ABC Local Radio Qld, ABC Local Radio Vic, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live.
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Brisbane Roar FC squad: 3. Shane STEFANUTTO, 5. Corey BROWN, 7. CORONA, 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**
Ins: 5. Corey BROWN, 16. Devante CLUT, 28. Brandon BORRELLO (all promoted)
Outs: 8. Steven LUSTICA (abdominal strain, 2 weeks)
Melbourne City FC Squad: 1. Thomas SORENSEN (GK), 3. Aaron HUGHES, 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 6. Erik PAARTALU, 8. Aaron MOOY, 9. Harry NOVILLO, 10. Robert KOREN, 15. David WILLIAMS, 18. Paulo RETRE, 19. Ben GARUCCIO, 20. Tando VELAPHI (GK), 21. Stefan MAUK, 22. Jack CLISBY, 23. Bruno FORNAROLI, 24. Patrick KISNORBO, 25. Jacob MELING, 34.Stefan ZINNI and 36. Matt MILLAR **two to be omitted**
Ins: 25. Jacob MELLING (promoted), 34. Stefan ZINNI (promoted) and 36. Matt MILLAR (promoted)
Outs: 30. Hernan ESPINDOLA (not selected)Unavailable: 4. Connor CHAPMAN (knee – 2-3 months), 7. Corey GAMEIRO (knee – indefinite), 14. James BROWN (foot - 2 weeks), 26. Marc MARINO (knee - 3 weeks)