It’s double the football for Roar supporters this weekend with the return of the Isuzu UTE A-League to Moreton Daily Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Liberty A-League squad will be back on the road hunting down a win on Saturday afternoon.
Isuzu UTE A-League
After a four-week break, Warren Moon’s squad is raring to get back into the Isuzu UTE A-League season when they face Adelaide United on Friday night.
The side will be hunting for their first back-to-back win since March after beating Sydney FC 3-1 to record their first win of the season almost a month ago.
Moon said the past four-week break has allowed the team to reflect on the past five matches.
“There has been a lot of hard work,” he said.
“For us, we came off a good win, on one hand, we wanted to continue that momentum but on the other, we had some boys who came in needing fitness, and now we’ve had the opportunity to get everyone up to speed.”
The Roar are the only team in the competition yet to concede a goal in the second half, conceding just four goals so far this season.
However, they come up against an opposition who is known for scoring late goals with Adelaide putting four in the back of the net after the 76th minute.
One of those men is Craig Goodwin, who has scored three goals in his last three Isuzu UTE A-League appearances.
The Socceroos forward scored two goals at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ against France in the group stage before hitting the back of the net against Argentina – later given as an own goal to Argentina.
Moon said he regarded Goodwin as the leading player in the competition even before his outstanding displays at the World Cup.
“I think he’s the most influential player game-by-game in what he gives Adelaide United…I was pleased to see him get the opportunity but I wasn’t he did so well for the Socceroos,” Moon said.
“We will treat him like we treat all players, with respect but we have our plans but again our focus has to be on what we can do,” he added.
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Brisbane Roar Liberty A-League side will be hoping for cooler conditions when they face Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The squad suffered their first loss of the 2022/23 season last week, going down 3-0 to Melbourne City.
Head coach Garrath McPherson believes Saturday’s match will provide an opportunity to apply lessons learned from last weekend’s loss.
“As a team, we’re working on sticking to our plan in moments of discomfort,” he said.
“The ability for us to stick to our plan will ultimately determine how successful we are.”
Now third on the ladder, the Sky Blues secured their second win of the season against Western Sydney Wanderers in the local derby, running out 1-0 winners thanks to a goal from Remi Siemsen.
The Roar will face a tight defensive line up this weekend with Sydney only conceding one goal this season – that came against Adelaide United in Round 1.
However, McPherson’s squad is prepared to apply pressure in all the right places come Saturday.
“Our focus is improving attacking elements and being braver on the ball, being confident we can maintain possession when under pressure and being patient when we’re not under pressure,” McPherson said.
“Defensively we just need to be much more decisive on the moments we want to hunt the ball back,” he added.
It will be the first of two matches the Roar play against Sydney in the space of four weeks, with the Sky Blues set to come up to the Sunshine state on New Year’s Eve.
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Isuzu UTE A-League
Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United
Friday 9 December
Moreton Daily Stadium
Kick off 6:45pm AEST
Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar
Saturday 10 December
Kick off 4:05pm AEST