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Brisbane Roar vs Melbourne City A-League Preview and Team News - City winless at Suncorp since 2014

Andrew Hendrie 2 Feb 2018
  • Brisbane Roar entertain Melbourne City in the A-League on Sunday night
  • City winless at Suncorp Stadium since 2014
Roar host City on Sunday night

Melbourne City aim to extend their unbeaten run to six matches when they travel to Suncorp Stadium to face Brisbane Roar to conclude A-League Round 19 action on Sunday night.

Neither of these two teams have tasted defeat in recent times, making this Round 19 clash a massive one for both City and Roar as they attempt to continue their momentum up the ladder.

Let’s start with Brisbane. Save for a catastrophic and embarrassing Asian Champions League loss last week, the Roar have actually gotten on a bit of a roll in the A-League, defeating Perth and Central Coast to all of a sudden climb into the top six.

Brisbane have been terribly inconsistent and haven’t looked impressive at all through the season, but such is the nature of the A-League, merely putting together back-to-back wins can be enough to catapult you into a finals spot, even if you’ve only won three games all season - as had been Brisbane’s case prior to their latest two victories.

Spring another upset on Sunday night over City, and Brisbane will consolidate their spot in the top six and could come to within just four points of the top four - which was unthinkable stuff a month ago.

City meanwhile are playing some of their most consistent football of the season, going unbeaten in their last five matches and coming to within four points of the second-placed Jets.

City could have narrowed the gap to just one point had they toppled Newcastle last week, but they had to settle for a 2-2 draw in what was a thoroughly entertaining game. Prior to that clash, City had demolished Adelaide 5-0, so it’s clear they are in great form leading into this fixture.

With Newcastle facing a tough assignment against Victory, the chance is there for City to make inroads towards second spot if they can pick up all three points on Sunday night.

However, in order to do that, City will have to do something they haven’t done since 2014 - and that’s win at Suncorp Stadium. It’s a tough ask against a Brisbane team who are confident, but all things considered, this is the time for City to snap their drought at the venue.

Stats


  • Brisbane won their last meeting 3-1 on November 17
  • City haven’t won at Suncorp Stadium since 2014
  • Brisbane have won three and they’ve drawn one in the four games at Suncorp during that period

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