Sunday’s A-League 2017 Round 23 match is between Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar. The opening kick off is set to commence at 17:00 AEST time with the game to be played at Coopers Stadium. View our preview and teams for the game between Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar.
The Reds have played much better in their last three matches where they’ve suffered just the one loss.
They have kept two clean sheets during that time which is a huge improvement seeing as they have conceded 39 goals so far.
The Roar ended a four-game winless run against the Jets last week with a 3-1 win.
Jamie Maclaren was at his best scoring two goals and giving his side a boost after a tough schedule in recent weeks.
The tough scheduling continues for both the Roar and Adelaide with midweek Asian Champions League games. Brisbane lost to Kashima Antlers 3-0 in Japan while Adelaide are at home to Jeju United on Wednesday.
Even though the Reds will have a day less in the build-up, Brisbane have a lot of travelling to do, so it should even itself out.
KEY BATTLE: Riley McGree v Jamie Maclaren
McGree was selected in the extended Socceroos squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers so he’ll be full of confidence while Maclaren’s two goals against the Jets took his tally to 13 for the season.
The key to this match will be who recovers the quickest from ACL duty.
Adelaide United at $3.30
Draw at $3.65
Brisbane at $2.15
Tip: Brisbane Roar at $2.20
Correct Score: Brisbane Roar 2-1 at $8.50
Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk) (c), 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Taylor REGAN, 7.Jae-sung KIM, 9.Baba DIAWARA, 11.Sergio CIRIO, 12.Mark OCHIENG, 13.Marc MARINO, 14.George MELLS, 15.Ben WARLAND, 16.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIC, 18.Riley McGREE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 24.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 30.Daniel MARGUSH (gk), 92.Eli BABALJ.
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1.Michael THEO (gk), 5.Corey BROWN, 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 13.Jade NORTH, 15. ARANA, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 19.Jack HINGERT, 20.Shannon BRADY, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 25.Kye ROWLES, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 29.Joe CALETTI, 46.Cameron CRESTANI.
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