Round 9 Preview – Brisbane Strikers v Brisbane City

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Brisbane City return to National Premier Leagues Queensland action on Saturday night, taking on Strikers in Brisbane’s other NSL derby at Perry Park.

Although the two clubs were never in the NSL together (City having left the national league in 1986, a full 8 years before Strikers’ 1994 introduction) both clubs are considered leaders in Queensland football. That status is underlined off the field by both clubs making bids to join an expanded Hyundai A-League. 

On the field, Brisbane Strikers have been the pace setters since the return of State level competition in 2008 with the Queensland State League, but the reigning two time Premiers struggled early this year, going winless after three Rounds.

The Strikers have since turned their form around with four straight wins and have crept into the top four for the first time this season off the back of a 5-0 Maundy Thursday victory over SWQ Thunder.

This game will be live streamed on the Football Queensland Facebook page and YouTube channel. 

Brisbane Strikers

Brisbane Strikers Honours.

National Soccer League Premierships: 0 (2nd – 1996/97)

National Soccer League Championships: 1 (1996/97)

National Premier Leagues Championships: 0 (Grand Finalists 2017)

National Premier Leagues Queensland Premierships: 2 (2016, 2017)

National Premier Leagues Queensland Championships: 0 (Grand Finalists 2015)

FFA Cup: Round of 16 (2014, 2016)

Queensland State League Premierships: 2 (2009, 2012)

Queensland State League Championships: 0 (4x Grand Finalists 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Brisbane Premier League Premierships: 1 (2006)

Brisbane Premier League Championships: 1 (2006)

Brisbane Premier Cup: 1 (2006)

Canale Cup: 1 (2014)

Silver Boot: 3 (2010, 2013, 2018)

Sam Sibatuara in action against Brisbane Strikers in 2016 – City drew 0-0. Photo by Michele Pitman

NPL Head to Head:

Played 10, City 1 Win, Strikers 7 Wins, 2 Draws.

Biggest Win: Brisbane City 2-1 Brisbane Strikers, CTM Stadium, 19th August 2014.

Biggest Defeat: Brisbane Strikers 3-0 Brisbane City, Perry Park, 1st March 2014.

All time* Head to Head:

Played 17, City 1 Win, Strikers 14 Wins, 2 Draws.

Biggest Win: Brisbane City 2-1 Brisbane Strikers, CTM Stadium, 19th August 2014.

Biggest Defeat: Brisbane Strikers 6-0 Brisbane City, Perry Park, 1st March 2006.

Current Form: W W W W D

League position: 4th – Played 7, Won 4, Lost 2, Drawn 1 – Goals Scored 18. Goals Conceded 10.

Last NPL Queensland Game: Won 5-0 vs SWQ Thunder @ Perry Park.

Our Last Game as Opponents: Brisbane City 0-1 Brisbane Strikers, Lions Stadium, 24th January 2018, Kappa Silver Boot Semi-Final. Report here. 

By the Numbers

40,446 – Strikers set a then-record attendance for a domestic football game at Lang Park in the Grand Final of the 1997 NSL as fans flocked to see Strikers beat Sydney United 2-0 thanks to goals from Frank Farina and Rod Brown.

13 – Strikers have made the Final’s of their respective competitions (BPL/QSL/NPLQLD) an incredible 13 years in a row (since 2005). Equally amazingly – they have only won once (a 2006 BPL Grand Final victory over Rochedale Rovers) whilst losing an amazing 7 Grand Finals.

4 – The lowest position on the ladder Strikers have ever finished in the National Premier Leagues Queensland – making the Finals every year but never winning the Championship.

1 – Just one goal has separated the two sides in their last three encounters, including a 1-0 Silver Boot Semi-Final victory back in January.

Greg King will come up against his former teammates – and make his 50th NPLQLD appearance for City. Photo by Ray Gardner.

Fast Facts

Score first – lose? – Breaking the deadlock is not necessarily a good thing in recent NPL Queensland fixtures between the two teams. In the five games that both teams have scored in that haven’t finished in a draw, the team that has opened the scoring has lost three times.

Unbeaten – City were the only side that Strikers failed to defeat in the 2016 NPL Queensland season, the two sides unable to be separated after 120 minutes of football.

Return of the King – Greg King will play his 50th game for City in the NPL Queensland if he plays on Saturday against his former club. If he starts, it will be his 46th game in a row. King has only missed 2 games since signing for City in 2016 from Brisbane Strikers.

Perry Park Pain – City have a horrible record at Perry Park, only picking up one point from a possible 15 against Strikers in the NPL Queensland. That bad run extends all the way back to when the two sides met in the Brisbane Premier League between 2005 and 2007. However it’s not all bad news for City at Perry Park – City’s greatest triumph – the 1977 and 1978 NSL Cup victories took place at the ground.

Youth

City’s Under 20’s will take on their Strikers counterparts on Friday night at Perry Park, kick off at 7:00pm.

The Under 18’s match has been rearranged for a later date.

*Records not complete. Thanks to www.socceraust.co.uk for historical statistics.

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