Will Brisbane Roar In Thailand?

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Brisbane Roar had little joy in the AFC Champions League last year. Source: Getty Images/couriermail.com.au
Brisbane Roar  will have to put a disappointing 2-1 defeat in Sydney on the weekend behind them if they are going to take part in a second successive AFC Champions League campaign by beating Buriam United  in Thailand on Wednesday night.

Having recorded a loss and two draws  from three away matches during the 2012 Champions League, Brisbane faces a tough task in their one-off qualifier against Buriam. Their form away from home in the A-League has hardly been any better this season either, with the club having just two wins to show for 11 matches away from Suncorp Stadium. Under pressure boss Mike Mulvey is likely to include Matt Jurman after the defender missed the match against Sydney FC through suspension, but Shane Stefanutto remains in some doubt as he continues to battle the stomach bug that forced him off against the Sky Blues.

While Brisbane hasn’t been in great form of late, they have the advantage of being involved in competitive action, unlike their Thai opponent. The Thai Premier League doesn’t kick off until March so Buriam has been forced to play a series of friendlies in preparation for this fixture. Making things even worse for the provincial side is the fact that they recently lost two of their important players to European clubs, with forwards Frank Acheampong and Frank Ohandza joining Anderlecht and Greuther Furth respectively.

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