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A semi-final date with Sydney FC awaits for the Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United as they lock horns in an elimination final in Redcliffe. Don’t miss a moment of this second elimination final with live scores on The Roar from 3:05pm (AEST).
Macarthur FC’s upset win over the Mariners last night has ensured the victor here will take on the Sky Blues next week for a place in the A-League final – a difficult task, but we have already seen in this finals series that boilovers can and will happen.
The Roar head into the finals with serious question marks over their recent form, after a purple patch saw them steamroll their way clear of a mid-table logjam and into the last six. They’ve won just three of their last eight matches, including defeats to the Sky Blues and their opponents today, United. However, their stunning 3-0 triumph over ladder-leaders Melbourne City two weeks ago is proof of how damaging they can be in full flight.
Captain Tom Aldred is a huge inclusion for the Roar; the Englishman has been a critical part of their defence over the last two years, and his big game experience will come in handy.
The Reds’ form hasn’t been crash hot themselves; they’ve won only once since that win over the Roar, and only twice since early April. Back then, Carl Vaert’s men were gunning for the Premiers Plate; fast forward to now, and they might have been lucky to simply sneak into the finals. Their defence is looking suddenly leaky, too: they’ve conceded more goals than any other finalist, giving up four in a thumping loss to the Sky Blues and two in a draw with the Wanderers in their most recent two matches.
In a major blow, star forward Craig Goodwin will miss the trip north, having suffered an ankle injury at training. It’s unknown whether he will be fit to take on the Sky Blues should the Reds manage to prevail without him.
United also have history against them here: they’re yet to win a final outside South Australia from nine starts, while the Roar haven’t tasted defeat at the pointy end of the season in Queensland. But without a rollicking Suncorp Stadium crowd to cheer them on, can the Roar get the job done in Redcliffe?
Kick-off time: 3:05pm (AEST)
Venue: Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe
TV: Fox Sports 5 (505)
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now, Foxtel Go, MyFootball Live app
Betting: Roar $2.06, Adelaide United $3.20, draw $3.60 (odds via PlayUp)
1. Macklin Freke (gk), 2. Scott Neville, 3. Corey Brown, 5. Tom Aldred (c), 6. Macaulay Gillesphey, 9. Masato Kudo, 10. Riku Danzaki, 11. Joe Champness, 15. Jesse Daley, 16. Joshua Brindell-South, 17. Golgol Mebrahtu, 19. Jack Hingert, 21. Jamie Young (gk), 23. Dylan Wenzel-Halls, 25. Rahmat Akbari, 26. Jay O’Shea, 27. Kai Trewin, 29. Jordan Courtney-Perkins, 34. Alex Parsons, 37. Cyrus Dehmie
1. James Delianov (gk), 2. Michael Marrone, 3. George Timotheou, 4. Ryan Strain, 6. Louis D’Arrigo, 7. Ryan Kitto, 8. Stefan Mauk (c), 9. Tomi Juric, 11. Craig Goodwin, 18. Joe Caletti, 21. Javi Lopez, 22. Michael Jakobsen, 23. Jordan Elsey, 24. Pacifique Niyongabire, 26. Ben Halloran, 27. Josh Cavallo, 28. Juande, 29. Kusini Yengi, 33. Dakota Ochsenham (gk), 35. Al Hassan Toure