The Red & Black take on third-placed Brisbane Roar on Friday night looking to extend their lead at the top of the table. Here’s everything you need to know.History
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Captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley is suspended for one week after picking up his eighth yellow card of the season against Perth Glory, whilst Dario Vidosic is sidelined with a hamstring injury. In their place, Tony Popovic has promoted Brendan Hamill, Golgol Mebrahtu, Jonathan Aspropotamitis, and Jacob Pepper. See the full squad to take on Brisbane Roar here.
Only the Wanderers have spent more time at the top than John Aloisi’s Brisbane this campaign, but four losses in their last eight games has seen the Roar’s title credentials come under serious scrutiny with six rounds remaining.
The Roar started the month with a routine 4-0 win over bottom-placed Mariners but since then they’ve been held at home by Newcastle and been on the receiving end of consecutive trouncings at the hands of Adelaide and Perth, conceding 11 goals all up their last three matches. A loss to the Red & Black on Friday would further endanger the faltering hopes of a premiership triumph.
The return of Socceroo Tommy Oar has given Aloisi’s men a boost heading into the top of the table clash but the former Ipswich Town forward will not be available for selection.
How to watch
If you can’t make it to the ground you can catch the game live on Fox Sports 505 at 8pm AEST or listen live on 702 ABC Sydney & ABC Local Radio NSW, Grandstand Digital & Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-League Live.
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