Roar have stats on their side in A-League final

The Brisbane Roar go into Sunday’s A-League grand final against

Perth with a nine-game unbeaten streak against the Glory and are

favored to make it two Australian football championships in

succession.

Brisbane has beaten Perth in 13 out of 21 matches, with the

Glory’s last win over the Roar coming in the seventh week of the

2009 season at Suncorp Stadium.

On Sunday, a sellout crowd of 50,000 at the same venue will hope

to watch the home team rebound from a 2-1 loss to South Korean side

Ulsan Hyundai in an AFC Champions League match on Tuesday.

Roar coach Ange Postecoglou later admitted his team, which had a

national record 36-match A-League unbeaten streak ended in

December, needed to ”be a bit smarter” to win in Asia.

The Glory are concerned over the fitness of Liam Miller and

Andrezinho.

Brazilian attacking midfielder Andrezinho (Andre Luiz Rodrigues

Lopes), who injured his groin in last week’s preliminary final win

over Central Coast, has failed to train all week.

Miller suffered a hamstring injury in training on Wednesday, but

Perth coach Ian Ferguson said he’s confident the former Manchester

United midfielder will be fit to play.

He’s not as optimistic about Andrezinho.

”Time will tell. Once he’s on the training park, we’ll see what

happens,” Ferguson said.

”Liam was more precautionary. He felt a bit tight in the

hamstring and we just decided to pull him off the training track.

The scans came back OK.”

Glory captain Jacob Burns said his team was ”over the moon” to

make the grand final.

Burns’ successful penalty in the shootout against the Mariners

sealed the win for Perth, and the 33-year-old said the team would

be confident of a similar result if the grand final also went to

penalties.

”I think in the finals, it’s been a huge test of our

character,” Burns said.

”We’ve come from behind twice, we’ve gone through on penalties

and we’d be more than happy to go through any way we can just to

get our hands on that trophy.”