Seb Ryall ready to subdue Brisbane's roar at Suncorp
SYDNEY FC right back Sebastian Ryall knows he will have a hell of a task marking up against Brisbane's attacking left midfielder Thomas Broich at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
Broich scored one for the highlight reels against the Heart on Sunday, smashing home a shot into the top-right hand corner from well outside the penalty area.
Adding spice to the Brisbane v Sydney final-round derby will be the fact both teams need to win to be assured of a spot in the finals.
"Thomas was really good against the Heart - I thought he scored one of the goals of the season," Ryall said.
"I'll be doing my best to give him as little space as possible."
Despite losing 4-2 at Suncorp back in November, Ryall said he believed the Sky Blues were a totally different team this time around.
"We've played top-four teams in the past three weeks and done very well against them," he said.
"We got a new coach (Frank Farina) since then as well - he works us very well at training and I feel we're the fittest I've ever been."
Ryall, 23, agreed with Mariners coach Graham Arnold who said all matches in the final round should be played simultaneously, as they are in other major competitions.
Arnold said he would field younger players against the Heart if Western Sydney beats Newcastle tomorrow night - a result that would see the Wanderers win the Premier's Plate.
Meanwhile Roar left-back Shane Stefanutto said while Sydney had shown some of its best form of the season in recent rounds, Brisbane was also playing well.
"We've been a lot more consistent. We've always said we don't want to limp into the finals - we want to go in with good form," Steffanuto said.
As well as the Roar (5th - 32 points) and Sydney FC (6th - 32), Perth Glory (7th - 31) and Newcastle (8th - 31) are also in contention to make the play-offs.
Perth hosts Adelaide United on Saturday and will know whether it still has a chance to be involved in the finals.