Analysis: Brisbane Roar on track for return to glory days

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After an impressive start to the season which sees Brisbane Roar sit second on the A-League table, the club’s fan base dare to dream.

Capable of both scoring goals at any time to and keeping a cleansheet, the question remains whether this current Roar crop can emulate the club’s successes of yesteryear.

The current Roar squad possess a balanced mix of youth and experience, are performing well under Warren Moon and are statistically on track to take out the title.

Looking at trends within the Roar’s championship seasons and overlaying goals for and against statistics, it is evident this Roar team is capable. 

And while it’s unfair to compare the rising talent currently starring for the Roar with club legends who delivered multiple championships to the river city, Roar fans are growing impatient.

The last time Brisbane was crowned A-League champions was in the 2013/14 season, where they came from behind to beat Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 for their third title in four years.

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Grand final heroes and legendary Roar strikers Besart Berisha and Henrique scored crucial crunch-time goals but were also consistent finishers throughout the Roar’s glory years.

With the support of Roar royalty Matt McKay and Thomas Broich, there was no surprise Brisbane were capable of three championships and scoring whenever required.

In terms of goal scoring, this current Roar side are scoring on average the same number of goals as previous Roar teams did in their championship years.

While important to note that the current Roar side have only played eight games so far this season, analysing all three championship sides’ first eight games and season in whole shows a positive trend.

In terms of average goals scored per game, the Roar’s current start of the season is not the best but is not the worst.

While each championship team’s goal scoring in the first eight games noticeably differs, it proves this current Roar side are capable if they can continue their current goal scoring ability throughout the season.

Despite being unable to score in their last three matches, the Roar side can find the back of the net at a rapid rate.

Whilst this Brisbane side are capable of scoring like Roar outfits of the past, the importance of their defence is not to be overlooked.

The cliché that ‘clean-sheets wins championships’ is without merit and is proven when examining the Roar championship teams of old.

Throughout their championship winning campaigns, the Roar were capable of conceding fewer goals than A-League rivals.

Across all three seasons, the Roar side have conceded the same number of goals on average in their first eight games.

Despite the current Roar squad conceding a goal a game so far this season, they are only a few cleansheets away from continuing the trend of the champions before them.

As the Roar continue to improve defensively, evident with cleansheets against Newcastle and Sydney in their last two matches, the sky is the limit.

Along with rediscovering their goal scoring mojo, the current Roar squad are on track to relive the club’s glory years and match championship sides of the past.

Feature Image Credit: Brisbane Roar
All statistics: Ultimate A-League 

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Matthew Tsimpikas
Sports lover studying journalism at the Queensland University of Technology. Covering Brisbane Roar FC in the 2020/21 A-League and W-League.
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