Australia Day weekend is upon us, and at The Stoppage Time, we have a big weekend of football coming your way. Round 16 of the Hyundai A-League begins on Friday morning when John Aloisi‘s Brisbane Roar return to action against the resurgent red storm that is Guillermo Amor‘s Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Brisbane (8-4-3, 28 points, 1st) were smashed 4-0 by Melbourne Victory on the road, while Adelaide (5-5-5, 20 points, 6th) are coming off a comfortable 3-1 win over Central Coast Mariners.
“We gave them a bit of a lift to let them score so early,” Aloisi said of last weekend’s shameful display. “The positive is the players didn’t shy away, didn’t give up, they kept on going. It is just disappointing to lose like that.
“It is never easy to lose and especially like that. We will learn from it and we’ll move on. We’ll make sure we don’t get punished like that again. You never forget about any game, especially games where you make some errors. We have to make sure when we are losing the ball in those positions that we are set up that we can’t get caught out.
“At times we have to make sure we don’t play into their hands and I thought we did that too often tonight. They set little traps, we got caught, and we will make sure next time we are ready for those traps. We will move on but we have to learn from our mistakes.”
One player that may not be available this weekend is Sergio van Dijk, who has been on Adelaide’s radar for a return to his old club after stints abroad.
“I’m still looking for a club in Asia, but Adelaide has come along and shown their interest in me,” van Dijk said. “I’ll be undergoing a fitness test and after that we’ll see what happens, but we have the best intentions of working something out.
“The first thing is this first ACL game then we’ll see what happens after that. I’m very excited for this opportunity and I think I can bring a lot to the team for the ACL play-off and if the team progresses, the group stages of the competition and beyond.”
“I’m back much sooner than I expected and the reason is very different than what I expected it to be for, but I’m very happy to be back.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET/7 p.m. AEST. Here are 10 bold predictions for this weekend’s match between Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United.
- Jamie Young will make at least four saves for Brisbane Roar.
- Daniel Margush will make under five saves for Adelaide United.
- At least 40 fouls will be whistled.
- At least three cards will be issued.
- Pablo Sanchez will score for Adelaide United.
- Craig Goodwin will score for Adelaide United.
- Mate Dugandzic will score for Adelaide United.
- Bruce Djite will not score.
- Henrique will score for Brisbane Roar.
- No goals will be scored in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Adelaide United are rising. Guillermo Amor has defied the odds and is safe at the Reds and his ball club will get the job done against a very depleted Brisbane Roar team lagging from the loss of Brandon Borrello and Jamie Maclaren.
Adelaide United 3, Brisbane Roar 1