Both clubs have failed to live up to high expectations in recent seasons and had disappointing ends to their 2016/17 campaigns. Brisbane have seen number of key players leave in the off-season and have struggled to cover the loss. City with the backing of their parent club in Manchester have been active in the post season but haven’t seemed to sign the big names many would expect. This match offers both teams the perfect opportunity to get one over a team they will be competing with for a playoff spot.
One thing has been true when these two teams meet and that is goals usually follow, with 15 goals scored in their last five meetings. The Roar have come away with points in all but one of the last five meetings and will be hoping to do that once again against a City team without Cahill and Fornaroli.