Brisbane Roar, Ulsan look to kickstart ACL campaigns

A congested fixture schedule and several injuries means that Brisbane Roar are likely to field several squad players when they face Ulsan Hyundai in South Korea on Tuesday.

Roar, who will be playing their eighth game in 29 days have several players injured, including Daniel Bowles (knee), Luke DeVere (calf), Corey Brown (hamstring) and Connor O’Toole (ankle).

A depleted Roar will want to make amends after a disappointing 0-0 draw with Thai club Muangthong in their opener, although coach John Aloisi said his team will be all out for the win.

“If we didn’t have the injuries we’ve got I’d be able to rotate it a lot more and a lot easier, and freshen players up,” Aloisi said.

“But again, we’re not going to make excuses. We want to win these games.”

Roar will be up against a familiar face in former player Dimitri Petratos after the attacking midfielder left the three-time A-League champions this month to join the Koreans.

Opponents Ulsan will also be desperate for a win on home soil after losing 2-0 to Kashima Antlers in their first game.

The South Korean side will look to new signing Croatian striker Mislav Orsic to provide the spark up front. He will partner Lee Jong-ho who was signed from Ulsan’s K.League rivals and disgraced AFC Champions League winners from 2017 Jeonbuk Hyundai.

Ulsan have the upper hand over Brisbane in previous meetings between the two clubs. In the 2012 group stage the Korean side won one game and drew the other.