The Roar are undefeated in nine matches at Suncorp Stadium and the next challenge is Melbourne City. Take a look at some of the key facts ahead on Friday night’s blockbuster clash.
Can anyone stop the Roar at Suncorp Stadium?
- The Roar have lost just one game at home in the past 18 months
- Brisbane Roar are undefeated (W3, D2) in their last five games on home soil against Melbourne opposition, never conceding more than a single goal in that span.
- The Roar are on their longest undefeated streak at home (nine matches) since they went 23 games without loss between 2009/10 and 2011/12
- Melbourne City have won just twice in 10 visits to Suncorp Stadium, conceding double the amount of goals scored in those fixtures.
Roar v City: Head-to-head
- Melbourne City have a slight advantange in past results, winning eight of the 18 meetings between the teams (8 City wins, 7 Roar wins, 3 draws)
- Despite being on the wrong side of the head-to-head ledger, the Roar have scored more goals than City when playing eachother (27-25)
- There is an average of 2.89 goals in Roar-City fixtures
- There has never been a scoreless draw between the teams with a 1-0 Melbourne City win, 1-1 draw or 2-1 Brisbane Roar win the most common results.
- City have only scored two or more goals on five occasions against Brisbane while the Roar have netted twice in seven fixtures against the Victorians.
- The away side has only ever won in three Roar-City meetings, and only once since 2009.
- The Roar’s 37 shots faced is the third-least in the league, slightly bettered by City’s 36. Furthermore, Brisbane Roar are the only side to have faced less than 10 shots on target in the opening four rounds.
- Brisbane have made the second-most passes in the Hyundai A-League 1959 at 80.1% – the second best passing percentage.
- Both sides have won every match they’ve scored first in and are yet to win in matches in which they have conceded first.
- The Roar have made 80 crosses into the area, one less than joint leaders Central Coast and Wellington
- Both sides are among four teams to have kept one clean sheet this season
- Melbourne City have conceded the most fouls in the competition and accumulated the most disciplinary points (122).
- There are seven members in the Roar squad with passing accuracy at 80% or better, with Jack Hingert leading the total tally with 359 passes.
- Goalkeeper Michael Theo is yet to lose a duel that he’s been involved in
- Jade North has been resolute in defence, making a team-high 23 clearances.
- Thomas Kristensen continues to be influential both on and off the ball, restricting the opposition’s penetration into the Roar’s half, making 17 tackles and 14 interceptions.
- Jamie Maclaren’s goal and assist against Perth sees him move into the league’s top 20 players for combined goals and assists. He also sits in tied second for shots on target alongside City striker Bruno Fornaroli
- The Roar have three players in the top 20 for shot attempts (Tommy Oar 3rd, Jamie Maclaren 4th, Brandon Borrello 13th).
- Corey Brown (20th) and Jamie Maclaren (=12th) both sit inside the top 20 for assists and chances created.
- Matt Mckay’s 122 completed passes at 76.7% and Thomas Kristensen’s 120 completed passes at 80% have the pair sitting fifth and seventh in the league