Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United will face each other on Friday as the Australian A-League resumes play this week!
The two teams in the table are separated by five points, but Brisbane does have a game in hand on their upcoming opponents.
The break for the World Cup came at the worst possible time for Brisbane Roar, who had just defeated Sydney FC 3-1 at Kayo Stadium to earn their first league victory of the year.
Brisbane had three Australian A-League Championship victories between 2011 and 2014, but last season’s second-to-last league finish was the worst for the club in 34 years.
Warren Moon, however, has retained his position as head coach, and the 40-year-old is fervently hoping that any momentum his team may have gained from their victory last time out has not been lost during the division’s month-long break.
Former Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin will be hoping to pick up from where he left off having opened the scoring during the Lions’ win against Sydney, with the 33-year-old seemingly adapting to life down under in no time at all.
Adelaide United, who had won three straight games prior to the break, was almost certainly even more incensed about the timing of the season’s suspension.
The Reds’ reputation in Australia has undoubtedly improved under head coach Carl Veart, who during his playing career amassed seven goals in 18 appearances for Australia. The Reds finished fourth last season.
After winning their inaugural Australian A-League championship in 2016, the 52-year-old will be hoping to lead the team to just their second-ever championship. However, Melbourne City appears to be a tough act to follow after only dropping two points in their first six games.
1×2 Betting Odds
It’s not hard to imagine that both teams will be a little rusty after the break for the World Cup, with both managers likely to settle for avoiding defeat upon their return!
So maybe a draw could be on the cards!
But not according to the betting market!
The odds that Brisbane Roar win this contest at home, stands @ 2.52.
While the odds that the away side comes home with a victory, stands @ 2.8.
The possibility of a stalemate is the least likely out of the three, with odds @ 3.8!
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals score will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.73.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.22.