Serbian striker Andrija Kaluderovic got the goal in the 40th minute, and from that time on it was batten down the hatches and get gritty with it. Brisbane dug-in in defiance of the 35,000 plus fans, and it’s that kind of character that should see them come away with a win against a similar opponent this Friday.
Adelaide, the favourites in many quarters are the pin up boys of the league. All season long their flowing football has caught the eye, and manager Josep Gombau believes his team are better prepared than last year when they fell at the first hurdle (CCM) in the finals. They’ll have the services of Spaniard Isaias who was in doubt earlier this week.
Unfortunately the Reds will go into the match minus front man Bruce Djite. The man whose team mates say is underrated is out with a groin strain and Adelaide really don’t have anyone who can provide the same physicality.
Additionally, Brisbane dealt Adelaide a psychological blow just three weeks ago when they beat them 3-2 at Hindmarsh Stadium. The Roar led 3-0 after 54 minutes before the home team picked up a 71st minute goal and another in the 95th.
Another factor against Adelaide is the venue change for the do or die fixture. The match has been switched to Adelaide Oval in a bid to maximise ticket sales. The Reds manager revealed his disappointment at the decision during a press conference, “The decision is not what we want but we need to respect it. We need to play and we need to win.”
If you like a bet Brisbane is just too hard to ignore. One betting agency has them at $4 to win in the regulation 90 minutes. With the aforementioned factors taken into account, those odd are just too good to pass up.
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