Brisbane Roar (Australia) v Liverpool Football Club (England)
A quick word on tonight's game between Brisbane Roar and Liverpool F.C. How good is it to see the mighty Reds once again grace our shores (and this is coming from a City fan!) I was there two years ago along with around 95,000 others at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as one of the most famous clubs in the world played in front of a monumental crowd.
That year really kicked off the overseas sides wanting to tour Australia and it's paid off this season with Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Roma, Valencia, Villareal and Liverpool all touching down at one stage or another in the off-season. Amazing that so many big teams are making the trip down under.
Liverpool should and probably will win tonight so the preview is probably not too important but regardless, it's a huge chance for the financially-troubled Roar to put all of that aside and maybe prove themselves as a worthy opponent and perhaps even impress some potential sponsors/owners.
I'm hoping Brisbane can turn things around this season as they've got some entertaining young players and I'm a big fan personally of John Aloisi. He didn't get the job done at what was then Melbourne Heart but he's stuck to his guns, gained some valuable experience, had an important break and now is ready to get back into the game of full-time professional coaching.
I'm not sure of the ticket sales but I'm confident that Suncorp Stadium will be packed tonight for this game and regardless of the result, it's a big night for football in Brisbane and football in Queensland. The Sunshine state is greatly under appreciated as a sports mecca and often overlooked for Melbourne and/or Sydney.
As much as I don't like Queenslanders (especially after that 52-6 Origin decider) they are sports mad up there and deserve to have one of England's biggest teams playing at what is one of the great stadiums in Australia. Tonight 50,000+ Reds fans will sing and support their team and then drink themselves under the table on Caxton St.
All in all I look forward to watching the game in around an hour's time from this writing and regardless of the result, I hope Brisbane can put on a performance matching that of Sydney's against Tottenham and Chelsea. Do us proud Roar! And a big thanks to Liverpool F.C and the Fenway Sports Group for bringing the world-famous Reds back to our shores!
I'll go with a prediction of Liverpool 3-1 Brisbane Roar and I'll say Danny Ings will score first and open his account for Liverpool. Keep an eye out for young guns Jordan Ibe and Jordan Rossiter. Some were calling Rossiter the next Gerrard last season. The addition of James Milner to the side is one I'm keen to see as well.
For Brisbane, keep an eye on exciting attacking midfielder Devante Clut and Jamie Maclaren on debut for Brisbane. Don't forget about the ever-threatening and ever-classy Thomas Broich. They've got some experienced defenders as well who'll be handed the tough job of keeping Liverpool at bay.