ALM Match Preview: Staj expecting intense showdown at Suncorp

Glory Head Coach Alen Stajcic is expecting to face a high-intensity Brisbane Roar side in Sunday’s Isuzu UTE A-League Round 5 clash at Suncorp Stadium (kick-off at 12pm WST).

View his full pre-match media conference HERE.

The Queenslanders have won two of their four A-League games this season under new Head Coach Ross Aloisi, the most recent of which came away at Central Coast Mariners ahead of last week’s international break.

And Stajcic believes that a dynamic performance will be required from his side to secure what would be their first away victory of the campaign.

“They’re a high energy team, a high impact team, who show a lot of dedication to energy for the team both in attack and defence,” he said.

“I think that’s brought them a lot of success.

“They’ve got a lot of key principles that Ross has put in place and you can see that coming to life on the pitch every week.

“They’ve been a dangerous team every game so far and I think they will be for the rest of the season.

“We have to be ready for that kind of intensity.

“I think Ross has done a great job.

“He’s obviously strong in his conviction and passion.

“Having worked with him for a number of years, he’s an absolute legend of Australian football in my eyes.

“They made the Australia Cup Final, they’ve come out positive in every game and certainly I think they’re going to be a threat to any team this year.”

In terms of the makeup of Glory’s squad for the trip east, meanwhile, Stajcic confirmed that several players could be poised to return from injury.

“There are still question marks on a few,” he said.

“They’ve had an extra week to recover and get fit, but we won’t be sure until the end of this week.

“So we’ll see how they go and how they progress and see if they’re available for the weekend.

“Bruce [Kamau] is very close to being available for this week.

“It’s only a minor tweak of the hammy and he’ll be very close this week.

“I’m not sure whether we’re going to rush him back in, but he’s not far away.

“Taggs [Adam Taggart] is trucking well, but there are four or five players who are in the same boat and we’ll see how they are towards the end of the week.”

A first away win in the Sunshine State since 2019 could see Glory replace the hosts in the top six and even though their most recent away trip to Western Sydney ended in defeat, the Head Coach feels that his charges can draw confidence from their overall performance in that game.

“I think we’ve actually done all right in most matches,” he said.

“We’ve been in every match, we’ve created chances in every match and in the last game against Wanderers, we started really positively in the first half and I was pleased with the mentality that we could go out there away from home and still dominate one of the better teams of the first part of the league [season].

“For us to have probably more chances than them in the first half showed a good intent.

“We let ourselves down a little bit in the second half by allowing them too many chances… but we certainly had good intent which was the main thing and if we show that intent throughout the whole year, I’m confident we’ll get a lot of good results whether we’re at home or on the road.

“So it’s more about the mentality of the match rather than whether we’re home or away.”

The ten most recent meetings between the two sides have produced an even split of four wins apiece and two draws, with that record maintained by last season’s results which saw Glory edge home 2-1 at Macedonia Park in Round 6, before Roar secured the spoils via the same scoreline at Kayo Stadium in Round 18.

This year, Florin Berenguer has hit the ground running for Sunday’s hosts since arriving from Melbourne City, scoring twice in four games, while former Glory midfielder Henry Hore has also already found the net on two occasions.

Hore is set to be joined in Roar’s matchday squad by two other ex-Glory players in the form of Scott Neville and Antonee Burke-Gilroy.

Match Details

Isuzu UTE A-League Season 2023/24 Round 5

Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory

Suncorp Stadium

Sunday 26 November 2023

Kick-off: 12pm WST (2pm Local Time)

Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Macklin FREKE (GK), 2. Scott NEVILLE, 3. Corey BROWN, 5. Thomas ALDRED (C), 7. Florin BERENGUER, 10. Nikola MILEUSNIC, 11. Jez LOFTHOUSE, 12. Taras GOMULKA, 13. Henry HORE, 14. Rylan BROWNLIE, 16. Thomas WADDINGHAM, 19. Jack HINGERT, 21. Antonee BURKE-GILROY, 22. Alex PARSONS, 26. Jay O’SHEA, 27. Kai TREWOM, 29. Matt ACTON, 30. Quinn MACNICOL, 32. James NIKOLOVSKI, 35. Louis ZABALA

Ins: 19. Jack HINGERT (return from injury), 30. Quinn MACNICOL

Outs: Carlo ARMIENTO (groin)

Unavailable: 6. Joe CALETTI (suspended), 8. Jonas MARKOVSKI (knee), 23. Aaron REARDON (knee)

Perth Glory Squad: 1.Oli SAIL (gk), 2.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 3.Jacob MUIR, 5.Mark BEEVERS (co-c), 6.Aaron MCENEFF, 7.Stefan COLAKOVSKI, 8.Mustafa AMINI, 10.Salim KHELIFI, 12.Luke IVANOVIC, 13.Cameron COOK (gk), 15.Aleksandar SUSNJAR, 17.Jarrod CARLUCCIO, 19.Trent OSTLER, 20.Giordano COLLI, 22.Adam TAGGART (co-c), 23.Daniel BENNIE, 24.Oliver BOZANIC, 27.Jayden GORMAN, 28.Kaelan MAJEKODUNMI, 29.Darryl LACHMAN

(Two to be omitted)

Ins: 8.Mustafa AMINI, 12.Luke IVANOVIC, 17.Jarrod CARLUCCIO, 22.Adam TAGGART (co-c), 24.Oliver BOZANIC, 28.Kaelan MAJEKODUNMI

Outs: 9.David WILLIAMS, 11.Adam ZIMARINO, 14.Riley WARLAND, 77.Bruce KAMAU

Unavailable: 9.David WILLIAMS (injured), 11.Adam ZIMARINO (injured), 14.Riley WARLAND (injured), 77.Bruce KAMAU (injured)

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