A-League Leader Takes On Reigning Champion

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Thomas Broich will look to return to form against Adelaide. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au
It’s hard to tell which Brisbane Roar team is going to turn up on Sunday afternoon against the league-leading Adelaide United ; the outfit which thrashed Victory 5-0 and sent former coach Ange Postecoglou back to Melbourne with his tail between his legs, or the side that looked bereft of ideas in a sloppy 1-0 loss to newcomer Western Sydney last weekend.

Roar coach Rado Vidosic will take the reins against his son, Dario, for the first time this weekend. Vidosic Junior and his United teammates are unlikely to show him any love, though, given their sparkling start to the season. It will be in stark contrast to the help given to Adelaide last weekend by referee Jarred Gillett who sent Phoenix defender Ben Sigmund off after brushing Jeronimo Neumann, who then took a rather dramatic dive. The Argentine striker is free to play though with the match review panel taking no action for the possible simulation during the 3-1 win.

It took away from a dominant Reds performance, and with the likes of Jeronimo, Vidosic, Sergio van Dijk and Cassio on the park, there is no shortage of creativity in John Kosmina’s line-up. After an impressive run in the AFC Champions League, Adelaide has maintained that momentum and currently sits atop the A-League.

Brisbane turned the ball over far too often to create any real pressure against the Wanderers disciplined defence, and midfield maestro Thomas Broich had arguably his worst game in orange producing several basic mistakes for a player of his calibre. It was after a loss that Brisbane bounced back with the thumping of Victory, but they will find it much harder against the Reds.

Although Brisbane’s goal tally is skewed by that win over Melbourne, matches involving these teams have produced plenty of goals this season. There have been 19 in total over a combined eight games, so the over 2.5 goals could come in to play. Both of the Roar’s losses so far have been 1-0 results. The home side won the corresponding match last season 7-1 , but the other two matches finished as 1-all stalemates . 

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