ALM R2 Preview: Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC

Brisbane Roar return to Suncorp Stadium for their 2023/24 Isuzu UTE home opener against Sydney FC in Round 2 action on Friday night.

Friday’s blockbuster re-match of the Australia Cup Final marks a homecoming for Roar with Suncorp Stadium again becoming the club’s permanent home ground.

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Roar kicked off the new campaign with a 1-1 opening day draw on the road against Macarthur at Campbelltown Stadium last weekend.

Jay O’Shea netted his 18th A-League goal in Brisbane orange via a 73rd minute free-kick to cancel out Raphael Borges Rodrigues’ opener.

Only Western United’s Lachie Wales (7) created more chances than O’Shea (5) across the opening weekend of the competition.

The Roar’s high energy, possession-based brand of football that saw Ross Aloisi’s side reach the Australia Cup Final was again on show on Saturday afternoon with the Roar forcing 15 high turnovers, the most of any side in Round One.

The Sky Blues will be looking to avoid back-to-back defeats to begin an A-League Men campaign for just second time in their history after opening their season with a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium last weekend.

Roar welcome Tom Waddingham, who scored against Sydney in the Australia Cup Final back into the squad after the young forward missed the sides opening round clash against Macarthur.

Waddingham is joined in the squad by Corey Brown, who returns from injury although Aloisi’s side will be without Jack Hingert who is set to miss 4-6 weeks following minor knee surgery.

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In total Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC have gone head-to-head 55 times in A-League Men’s action, winning 18 matches apiece and playing out 19 draws.

Speaking pre-match, Brisbane Roar midfielder Henry Hore said his side couldn’t wait to be back in front of a home crowd on Friday night.

“The lads are very excited for the first game back at Suncorp and there’s nothing better than going up against Sydney, so we can’t wait,” Hore said.

“They’re always a strong team, so it’s always a good match up and obviously they’ve won a few trophies in their time and they beat us in the cup.

“So I can’t wait and hopefully we get one on them.”

Friday’s match kicks off at 6:45pm AEST at Suncorp Stadium. Get your tickets now.

Isuzu UTE A-League Men 2023/24 – Round 2: Brisbane Roar FC v Sydney FC
Suncorp Stadium, Milton
Friday, 27 October (6:45pm KO)

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