Besart Berisha has four goals in his last four games against Sydney FC. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au
After a less than impressive pre-season, Sydney FC desperately needed a win on opening night to gain some confidence and repay the faith shown by fans after an indifferent campaign last summer. Not surprisingly it was their talisman, Alessandro Del Piero who delivered, scoring the opening goal with some fancy footwork in their 2-0 home victory over Newcastle. Considering that when Frank Farina took over at the end of round nine last season, the Sky Blues had accumulated a mere seven points and conceded 22 goals, three points from the opening round is an encouraging start.
Brisbane Roar was another team to get off to a poor start in the 2012-13 season, but they predictably took the points against a weakened Wellington Phoenix last weekend. They did it the hard way, though. Even against a side which had club players making up the numbers with the All Whites involved in international football, Roar needed a late Ivan Franjic goal to secure a 2-1 victory. Mike Mulvey’s team was probably the most impressive throughout the pre-season and they’ll take all the points they can get with returning maestro Matt McKay on Socceroo duty.
Franjic created Besart Berisha’s two best opportunities of the match with pinpoint balls in to the box; both ended up in the back of the net either side of half-time but only the latter counted with the Albanian adjudged offside on the first occasion. The prickly striker revels taking on the Sky Blues and he has gotten on the scoreboard the last four times he has played Sydney FC.
It has been a long time since the Sky Blues tasted success at Suncorp Stadium. Roar has won the last eight contests there between the teams, including 3-1 and 4-2 victories last season. Sydney FC is likely to have Brett Emerton back in the line-up after missing the Jets clash with a back injury.
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