Table-toppers Sydney FC will look to consolidate their standing at the summit of the A-League when they travel to Robbie Fowler’s Brisbane Roar on Saturday.
Steve Corica’s side are currently eight points ahead of second-place Melbourne City and have two games in hand heading into this contest.
As for the hosts, they currently occupy fourth spot, but three points could see them leapfrog Wellington Phoenix into third if results elsewhere go in their favour.
Read on for Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC predictions, TV coverage information, live stream options, team news and more.
Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC: Key details, TV & live stream info
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Date: Saturday, 28 March 2020
Kick-off: 8:30 AM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 2 HD
Online & live stream: BT Sport customers in the UK can watch Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC live via the BT Sport app, while Australian audiences can stream the game via Kayo, who are offering a free trial.
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Last five meetings: Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC
31 Jan 2020: Sydney FC 1-0 Brisbane Roar (A-League)
07 Dec 2019: Sydney FC 5-1 Brisbane Roar (A-League)
19 Mar 2019: Brisbane Roar 1-3 Sydney FC (A-League)
08 Feb 2019: Brisbane Roar 2-1 Sydney FC (A-League)
29 Dec 2018: Sydney FC 2-1 Brisbane Roar (A-League)
Aggregate Score: Brisbane Roar (LLLWL) 5-12 Sydney FC (WWWLW)
Ones to watch
Brisbane Roar: Brad Inman
If the Roar are to have any hope of collecting points against the league leaders then they will need talisman Inman to be on his game.
The former Newcastle graduate is integral to Fowler’s system, operating in the No. 10 role, with his two main functions being to create and score.
The 28-year-old does both supremely well, with no player in Brisbane’s current squad registering more assists or goals than Inman this season.
Key stat: Brad Inman has been directly involved in more A-League goals than any other Brisbane Roar player this season (four goals, five assists).
Sydney FC: Adam le Fondre
The ex-Wolves and Cardiff City forward has been in red-hot form since relocating to Australia from Bolton.
Part of Sydney’s success at the summit of the A-League has been down to Le Fondre’s goalscoring exploits, which could prove the difference on Saturday.
Fowler certainly knows a natural finisher when he sees one, so his remit next weekend will be to find a way to keep Le Fondre quiet, but that is easier said than done.
Key stat: Only Jamie Maclaren (18) has scored more A-League goals than Adam Le Fondre (17) this season.
Fowler has no major injury concerns heading into this contest, though once again he will be cautious of right-back Jack Hingert, who is just one yellow card away from suspension.
Predicted XI: Young; Neville, Aldred, Gillesphey; Hingert, O’Neill, O’Shea, Brown; McDonald, Inman; Muratovic.
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Corica’s side will be buoyed by the recent return of Chris Zuvela, who joins a relevantly injury-free Sydney FC side entering this clash.
Predicted XI: Redmayne; Grant, McGowan, Wilkinson, King; Brattan, Retre; Baumjohann, Ninkovic; Barbarouses, Le Fondre.
Sydney are unbeaten in four matches and are running away with things at the top of the A-League, so don’t expect complacency to creep in at this stage.
Brisbane’s recent record against Sydney doesn’t exactly paint a positive picture, but Fowler could spring a surprise here and nick a point on home turf.