Friday’s A-League 2016 Round 13 match is between Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar. The opening kick off is set to commence at 19:57 local time with the game to be played at Allianz Stadium. The home team Sydney FC is the short priced favourite for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar.
Two of the A-League’s form teams square up in what is clearly the match of the round.
Sydney FC is coming off the back of their 4-0 demolition away at Adelaide and the Roar extended their unbeaten run to 10 games with a home draw against the Wanderers.
Sydney FC will want to finish the calendar year on a high with another solid performance in their final home game of 2016.
It’s a short week for the Sky Blues, but they’re in great form and have plenty of depth so don’t be surprised if Arnie rotates a player or two.
The Roar have played on the counter to good effect this season and I expect them to do the same in this match.
Good news for Brisbane has been the outstanding form of Thomas Broich . With another sublime assist, this time for Brown against the Wanderers, the German is again the key man in helping Roar climb up the ladder.
KEY BATTLE: Milos Ninkovic v Thomas Broich
Both foreigners and both key to their respective team’s success this season.
Ninkovic has been outstanding and involved in almost everything going forward for Sydney while Broich is showing that age is no problem and can still provide the killer ball.
Sydney are just too strong at the moment and I find it hard to see Roar stopping their momentum.
Sydney FC $1.72
Tip: Sydney FC at $1.72
Value Bet: First Goal Scorer – A Brosque at $8.00
Correct Score: Sydney FC 2-0 at $8.50
Sydney FC Squad: 4.Alex WILKINSON, 5.Matt JURMAN, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8.Milos DIMITRIJEVIC, 9.BOBÔ, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Bernie IBINI, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 14.Alex BROSQUE (c), 17.David CARNEY, 18.Matt SIMON, 19.George BLACKWOOD, 20.Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 21.Filip HOLOSKO, 22.Sebastian RYALL, 23.Rhyan GRANT, 31.Tomas MANOS.
Brisbane Roar FC Squad: 1.Michael THEO (gk), 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 5.Corey BROWN, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 11.Tommy OAR, 13.Jade NORTH, 15.ARANA, 17. Matt MCKAY (c), 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Dimitri PETRATOS, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 33.Joey KATEBIAN.
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Ana Ivanovic retires from tennis at 29
Former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 29.
The 2008 French Open champion made the announcement via her Facebook page, saying that due to injuries she feels she can no longer play at the elite level she demands from herself.
“I’ve decided to retire from professional tennis,” the 29-year-old Serb said.
“This has been a difficult decision but there has been so much to celebrate.
“By the time I had I was ranked No.1 in the world in 2008 I had seen highs I’s never dreamed of. I won 15 WTA titles and played three grand slam finals.
“But seeing those highs demands top physical form and it’s well-known that I have been hampered by injuries and I can only play on if I can perform to my own high standards and I can no longer do that, so it is time to move on.”
Ivanovic endured a tough year in 2016 as she battled injuries and some indifferent form that saw her finish her year after a first round exit at September’s US Open.
That US Open defeat followed a first round loss at Wimbledon and third round exits at her two favoured grand slams, the Australian and French Opens, as she finished the year with a world ranking of 63.
A long-time favourite of Australian fans Ivanovic made the Australian Open final in 2008 before going on to win her only grand slam title at the 2008 French Open.
Her Roland Garros success came when she beat Russian Dinara Safina 6-4 6-3 one year after being humbled by Belgian Justine Henin 6-1 6-2 in the final.
Her 2008 Australian Open run saw plenty of Australian fans adopt her as their own but ultimately she fell short, losing the final in straight sets 7-5 6-3 to Russia’s Maria Sharapova.
And while Ivanovic never quite reached the same heights at Melbourne Park, she did famously claim her only ever victory over Serena Williams at the venue.
In the 2014 tournament Ivanovic embarked on a breathtaking run that saw her come from a set down to beat Australia’s Sam Stosur 6-7 (10-8), 6-4 6-2 in the third round before doing the same to Williams.
Ivanovic roared back from a set down to shock the American 4-6 6-3 6-3 with a superb display of power-hitting, before she eventually fell to Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the quarters.
Ivanovic also won the first of her 15 career titles in Australia when at 17 years of age she claimed her first tour title at the now defunct Canberra International, with a 7-5 6-1 victory over Austria’s Melinda Czink.
The decision to retire comes as a slight surprise as she was expected to make the trip to Auckland for the ASB Classic but Ivanovic obviously felt that she could not compete at the high level she demands of herself.