Mauk excited about City's A-League visit

Brisbane Roar midfielder Stefan Mauk is looking forward to playing against Melbourne City.
Brisbane Roar midfielder Stefan Mauk is looking forward to playing against Melbourne City.

It's clear Stefan Mauk still has a soft spot for Melbourne City.

The Brisbane Roar midfielder was a junior when the club was still Melbourne Heart before making his A-League debut for City in 2013.

But the 24-year-old is putting sentiment to one side when the winless Roar aim to claim their first three points of the Robbie Fowler regime against City on Sunday.

"They gave me my first opportunity back in the Melbourne Heart but of course you always want to do well against your old teams," Mauk said.

"That's a normal thing ... it'd be great to get the first win of the season against them."

The Roar head into the match having notched just one goal all season and hoping to avoid matching a club record four games without a goal from November 2006.

Sunday's match is City's first outside Victoria this season after four wins and a draw for their opening five fixtures.

The surroundings will be doubly unfamiliar for City with this week's U2 concert at Suncorp Stadium meaning the match will be played at Redcliffe's Dolphin Stadium.

The 10,000 capacity suburban venue north of Brisbane hosted an FFA Cup match between the Roar and Central Coast earlier this year and Mauk was hopeful a raucous home crowd would lift the hosts.

"Even the FFA Cup game that we had there ... I think there was six or seven thousand there but because it only holds a bit more than that, it feels full," he said.

"Suncorp, although it is a great stadium, if you're not filling it, it does look a little bit empty so it will be an awesome game to play in.

"Dolphin Stadium should be a great place to intimidate teams."

Former Roar favourite Jamie Maclaren has been named in City's squad after missing two games with a hamstring injury.

Erick Mombaerts' team has notched six goals in Maclaren's absence but he said the Socceroos striker was a welcome addition.

"Now we have maybe more solutions to score," the French coach said.

"It's good but we are much better with Macca."

City will however have to make do without Ramy Najjarine and impressive midfielder Connor Metcalfe, who is on international duty with Australia's under-23s in China, as is Brisbane defender Connor O'Toole.

STATS THAT MATTER

* City have won their past five matches against Brisbane.

* Brisbane have gone three matches without a goal, with a four-game run in November 2006 their longest run without finding the back of the net.

* Irishman Jay O'Shea has created a league-high 17 scoring chances for the Roar this season, three ahead of Melbourne City's Craig Noone.

Australian Associated Press