Sun, Dec 11, 11:16am by Head Editor
Date and Time: Sunday December 11, 5:00pm AEDT
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
TV: Live on Fox Sports
Adelaide heads to Brisbane on the back of a confidence-boosting 2-0 victory over Wellington Phoenix last week, while the hosts played out their fourth straight draw in a fiery clash against Melbourne City.
After last week’s Round Nine win over Wellington, their first of the season, many are wondering if history can indeed repeat for Adelaide. In Round Nine last season they began what was ultimately an unprecedented run to glory, coming from last place to secure a historic premiership/grand final double.
It is, of course a long shot, but things are looking up for the Reds. In the last few weeks they’ve held competition leaders Sydney to a draw and lifted themselves off the bottom of the ladder with their first three points as defending premiers last start.
The reigning Champions are now just five points outside the top six, meaning it’s possible that they could find themselves in a finals spot by Christmas, if they can get on a similar run to what we saw last season.
The man who proved to be the difference in last week’s win was striker Henrique, with his first-half brace sealing the win in front of their home fans.
He now returns to his former stomping ground this week, where the Brazilian played 136 games for Brisbane, including winning a Grand Final, before arriving in Adelaide.
On the selection table, there’s more good news for Adelaide, with both Sergio Cirio and Michael Marrone set to return from injury.
While Adelaide appear to be moving in the right direction, their opponents seem to be treading water. They have drawn their last four games 1-1 and have only scored nine goals all season, which is the same total as Adelaide and Newcastle and less than the Central Coast Mariners.
Jamie Maclaren found the back of the next against City last week, and Brisbane desperately need him to kick on as they struggle for fluency in attack. He’s the favourite at $5.50 to score first in this one.
Thomas Broich and Tommy Oar haven’t been at their best so far this season and they need to step up in the absence of the injured Brett Holman if the hosts are to get the three points here.
The visitors record at this venue is outstanding, losing only four of 17 games but with only a single win this campaign you can’t be sure what they’ll produce.
I’m also not convinced on the inconsistent Roar outfit so I think these sides will cancel each other out and it will be yet another draw for the hosts.
Brisbane Roar $2
Adelaide United $3.60
Under (2.5 Goals) $1.96
Over (2.5 Goals) $1.78
Brisbane Roar / Brisbane Roar $3.20
Brisbane Roar / Draw $13
Brisbane Roar / Adelaide United $34
Draw/ Brisbane Roar $5
Draw/ Draw $5
Draw/ Adelaide United $8
Adelaide United / Brisbane Roar $21
Adelaide United / Draw $13
Adelaide United / Adelaide United $6
J MacLaren $5.50
No Goalscorer $9.50
S Guardiola $8.00
B Borrello $9.00
J Katebian $11.00
S Cirio $11.00
M Arana $11.00
N Mileusnic $15.00
D Petratos $12.00
M Carrusca $15.00
T Oar $15.00
J Makarounas $19.00
T Broich $17.00
R Kitto $21.00
T Kristensen $19.00
R McGree $26.00
D Bowles $26.00
J Holland $26.00
L DeVere $26.00
G Mells $34.00
M McKay $26.00
B Garuccio $41.00
Connor O’Toole $26.00
I La Rocca $41.00
J Pepper $26.00
T Elrich $51.00
J Hingert $34.00
T Regan $51.00
Corey Brown $41.00
Dylan McGowan $67.00
J North $41.00
M Marrone $81.00
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