ALM R7 Preview: Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar look to extend their three-match unbeaten run in Round 7 of the 2023/24 Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s campaign when they take on Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Roar are back on the road in Round 7 after back-to-back home games, where they shared the spoils with in-form Western Sydney Wanderers in an enthralling 2-2 draw last time out.

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Last Friday’s result extended Brisbane’s unbeaten run to three matches, which they will look to add to at Coopers Stadium on Sunday.

Nikola Mileusnic and Jack Hingert found the back of the net for Roar in a commanding first half display before the Wanderers fired back with a pair of second half strikes to steal a share of the spils.

Adelaide United return home after going down to Macarthur FC in a seven-goal thriller at Campbeltown Sports Stadium on Monday evening as two late goals saw the Sydney side snatch all three points.

Both sides will be looking to further cement themselves in the top half of the table with just one point separating the two sides who sit fourth and fifth on the league table ahead of Sunday.  

Adelaide born Ross Aloisi returns to Coopers Stadium as the Reds inaugural A-League captain of the club and previous assistant to manager Carl Veart.

“Playing for your home city is always special and that’s why I’m very passionate about boys playing for the Brisbane Roar who are from Queensland,” Aloisi said.  

Despite three years as a player and two years on the coaching staff at Adelaide, Aloisi says that nothing changes as he’ll look to continue building on his promising attacking displays.

“It’s just another game for us and another game that we need to prepare for,” Aloisi added.

“It’s about us going there and improving on what we did last week.”

The Adelaide connection runs deeper with four former Reds amongst the Roar side, with Joe Caletti, Taras Gomulka, Carlo Armiento, and in-form winger Nikola Mileusnic amongst them.

Mileusnic, who made 86 appearances for Adelaide, returns to Coopers looking to build off his Player of the Match performance against Western Sydney Wanderers, highlighted by a goal and assist.

The forward is the Roar’s joint top scorer so far this season alongside Henry Hore and is fourth in the entire league for chances created (17). 

Carl Veart’s side is home to a pair of former Roar players as well in Ben Halloran and Jay Barnett.

The two sides have met 56 times in ALM history, with Adelaide securing 26 wins, Brisbane 19 and there being 11 draws between them.

The Roar are the quickest starters so far this campaign, scoring four goals within the first 15 minutes of games, while no team has conceded more in this period than the Reds (3).

Sunday’s Round 7 clash at Coopers Stadium kicks off at 2pm AEST and will be broadcast live on Paramount+ and 10 Bold.

Isuzu UTE A-League Men 2023/24 – Round 7: Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar
Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Sunday, 10 December (2pm KO AEST)