The story of two struggling sides

Brisbane Roar face Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium tonight in what is sure to be a… battle. Injuries and poor form have plagued both these sides this season and it has placed the 2012 Grand Finalists in the bottom four, an unfamiliar place for both clubs. Usually at Kickscribe we look for the positives. My glass of whiskey is always half full. But today, we’re going to focus on the negatives… and it’s going to be glorious.

Brisbane and Perth have both been hit with injuries this season forcing them to field inexperienced squads. While it is good to give youngsters game time in the A-League both sides no doubt would fare better with their strongest team available.

Players used
Brisbane and Perth have both been hit with injuries this season forcing them to field inexperienced squads. While it is good to give youngsters game time in the A-League both sides no doubt would fare better with their strongest team available.

Players debuted by Brisbane and Perth this season

  • Rahmat Akbari
  • Adam Sawyer
  • Daniel Leck
  • Peter Skapetis
  • Jake Brimmer
  • Callum Timmins
  • Daniel Stynes
  • Jacob Italiano
  • Riley Warland
  • Yacoub Mustafa
  • Walter Scott

That’s a full squad of worth of teenagers who have been handed their debut for either Brisbane Roar or Perth Glory this season. It’s not surprise they have used the most players so far this season. 18-year-old midfielder Henry Wore will add to that list if he makes an appearance at some point in the clash.

1. Brisbane Roar 27

2. Perth Glory 25

Matches lost
Despite neither side being in 10th position (Brisbane are 9th, Perth are 7th) they have lost the most matches so far this season.

1. Perth Glory 10

2. Brisbane Roar 9

Goals scored
They have among the fewest scorers in the league.

=7. Perth Glory 17

=9. Brisbane Roar 16

Goals conceded
…And the most conceded.

10. Perth Glory 33

8. Brisbane Roar 25

Both sides also concede a lot of fouls and yellow cards.

Fouls conceded

3. Brisbane Roar 246

7. Perth Glory 208

Yellow cards

1. Brisbane Roar 42

=4. Perth Glory 34

It’s fair to say Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory have arguably been two of the worst A-League teams this seasons so it’s going to be interesting to see how the match turns out.

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