Queensland Roar before Sydney FC clash
Living up to match-of-the-round billing can be tough, according to Queensland Roar coach Frank Farina.
But that hasn't stopped the Roar adding to the hype before their crucial A-League clash with Sydney FC at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
Farina said he didn't want to see a repeat of their round five clash when he accused Sydney FC of overzealous tackling.
And midfield enforcer Danny Tiatto further stoked the fire by saying Queensland would be out for revenge after Sydney FC knocked the Roar out of finals contention in last season's corresponding match.
Farina was left fuming after their round five showdown this season - won 1-0 by Sydney FC - and accused the NSW team of late tackles that should have been punished, particularly a Ruben Zadkovich challenge on Matt McKay.
"The last game (against Sydney FC in round 14) was alright, but the first game there certainly were some hefty challenges and I don't go back on my words there," Farina told reporters in Brisbane.
"It was 100 per cent true and they knew it.
"But I thought the last game was a good contest, very even, a bit of an arm wrestle but fair and hard.
"If there's an early goal (on Sunday) I think it'll be very open but we're certainly going out to try and win the game."
The stakes could not be higher for Queensland.
The minor premiership is on offer for the Roar, who are locked on 30 points with Sydney FC - one behind leader Central Coast - with two regular season games left.
But Farina admitted living up to the match's growing hype would be hard.
"Sometimes in football when you get a game that's built up it turns out to be not so great, and vice-versa," he said.
"Hopefully this one will live up to its billing but really I don't care how we win, as long as we win."
Tiatto may not have been playing for the Roar when Sydney FC sunk Queensland's finals hopes with a 1-0 win in the corresponding match last season, silencing 32,000 Suncorp Stadium fans.
But that still did not stop the former Socceroo talking up the revenge factor.
"Sydney got the upper hand on us last season and really hurt Queensland taking away their chance at a finals spot," he said.
"This season we want to end on a high and the boys are all buzzing to get this one."
Tiatto, 34, is set to overcome a back complaint after missing the last round loss to Melbourne.
He has played in only 12 of the Roar's 19 matches this season because of injury and suspension.
Queensland will also welcome back skipper Craig Moore from suspension and youngster Michael Zullo (thigh).
Young gun Robbie Kruse is expected to overcome a hamstring complaint and start.