After copping their first defeat of the season last weekend, the Roar will be desperate to get back on the winners list at home.
It’s a pity they are facing the in-form side in the competition who are averaging two goals a game as they have swept to four wins in succession.
This should be a very intriguing battle which pits Reds striker Sergio van Dijk against his former club and he will be looking to prove himself to his new teammates.
The loss of Roar winger Henrique to a badly broken arm is a major blow plus the unavailability of defender Luke DeVere and young gun Mitch Nichols to national team duty with the Olyroos will also hurt.
Adelaide are playing well enough to win this and after the Roar defence was finally exposed last week, Rini Coolen’s men should be able to pierce Ange Postecoglou’s well-drilled charges.
Verdict: Adelaide 2-0
Brisbane Roar vs. Adelaide United
Date: Saturday 18 September 2010
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Local kick-off: 7:30pm
Head-to-Head: All matches (played 16): Brisbane Roar wins 3, Adelaide United wins 8 (5 draws)
Referee: Ben Williams
Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2. Matt SMITH, 4. Shane STEFANUTTO, 6. Erik PAARTALU, 7. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 9. Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 11. REINALDO, 12. Matt MUNDY, 14. Rocky VICSCONTE, 15. Matt McKAY (c), 21. James MEYER, 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Milan SUSAK, 30. Matt ACTON (gk)
In: Matt MUNDY (promoted), Rocky VISCONTE (promoted), James MEYER (promoted), Matt ACTON (promoted from National Youth League)
Out: Luke DEVERE (National Team Duty), HENRIQUE (broken arm – indefinite), Mitch NICHOLS (National Team Duty), Andrew REDMAYNE (National Team Duty)
Unavailable: Ivan FRANJIC (quad strain – 1-2 weeks), Luke BRATTAN (National Team Duty)
Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 4.Iain FYFE, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS (c), 8.Adam HUGHES, 9.Sergio VAN DIJK, 10.Marcos FLORES, 12.Paul REID, 15.Francesco MONTEROSSO, 16.Inseob SHIN, 17.Iain RAMSAY, 19.Mathew LECKIE, 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 24.Cameron WATSON, 26.Joe KEENAN* one to be omitted*
In: Inseob SHIN (promoted), Francesco MONTEROSSO (promoted)
Out: Daniel MULLEN (National Team Duty)
Unavailable: Nigel BOOGAARD (ankle – 7 weeks), Travis DODD (groin – 3 weeks), Lloyd OWUSU (knee – indefinite), Fabian BARBIERO (ankle – 1 week)