Ahead of Saturday’s clash at Allianz Stadium, we took a look at some of the key talking points that include a run of form, a returning Socceroo and a farewell party.
Goals, goals, goals and more goals
This clash has traditionally been a game full of goals. You don’t have to go back very far to see that matches between Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar are filled with them. Sydney win a thriller 5-4 at Allianz, Queensland Roar win 4-0 at Suncorp, along with the 5-1 thrashing at Kogarah, are just some recent examples.
They already met in Redcliffe earlier this season with the Sky Blues light on bodies and the match contained saved penalties, VAR as well as a rocket of a strike to win the game. With the openness of Allianz Stadium on their side, Sydney FC will be looking to overturn their fortunes against the Queenslanders this weekend.
Aiming for four in a row
After a brilliant performance in the Sydney Derby last weekend, Steve Corica’s side come into this clash with the opportunity to make it four wins in a row when they take on Brisbane Roar on Saturday afternoon. Having already ticked off a win against Melbourne Victory, the Sky Blues have now beaten each of the sides currently sitting in the top 3 positions on the table, the Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney Wanderers.
With Brisbane Roar struggling for form as of late, this could be the opportunity that Sydney FC needed as they look to continue to climb the ladder and make it four wins in a row.
Family friendly kick off time
Bring the whole family to Allianz Stadium on Saturday to watch Sydney FC take on Brisbane Roar! With a 5pm kick off, it’s the perfect opportunity to make a day of it and enjoy some quality time together while supporting your favourite team. With a family-friendly atmosphere, comfortable seating and a range of food and drinks options, you and your loved ones are sure to have a fantastic time at this thrilling match.
Patrick Yazbek bids farewell
After a career with the Sky Blues that involves joining the Sydney FC Academy as a teenager, Patrick Yazbek will play his final game for the club before heading across to Denmark to play for Viking FK. The 20-year-old has made 41 appearances for his boyhood club which includes appearances in the Isuzu UTE A-League, Australia Cup and Asian Champions League. Yazbek has only scored one goal which came away from home at Perth and he would love nothing better than to sign off with a goal in front of the home fans this weekend in his final game for Sydney FC.
Robbie Kruse ready to make second Brisbane Roar debut against Sky Blues
Robbie Kruse, former Socceroo has returned back to Brisbane Roar after a career that has seen him travel the world. Kruse last walked out as a Brisbane player back in 2009 when his side took on fellow Queenslanders North Queensland Fury in Townsville. The creative winger then went off for spells at Germany, China before returning to Melbourne Victory in 2019. Now back at his first professional club, the 75 capped Aussie is likely to come up against Diego Caballo, Sydney FC’s left back.
Spaniard Caballo has settled into the team and has begun to contribute with assists thanks to his brilliant left foot, now with three to his name already this season. Diego loves to get forward and contribute in the attack which sometimes leaves room on the wing and should Caballo continue to be the great attacking threat that he is, it could leave room for Robbie Kruse to be that creative outlet that Brisbane Roar have been missing having scored three goals in their last six matches.
Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar
Isuzu UTE A-League Round 17
Saturday 18th February 2023
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Kick Off: 5:00pm AEDT
Gates Open: 4:00pm AEDT
Broadcast Live: Paramount+
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