Head To Head: Brandon O'Neill v Matt McKay

Sydney FC travel to face Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night as the Hyundai A-League returns from the international break (kick off 7:50pm AEDT).

It’s one win each between the two sides, with the Sky Blues triumphing 2-1 in December before a late Wenzel-Halls strike secured the points for the Roar in the return fixture in February.

With the clash only a few days away, let’s look at the ‘Tale of the Tape’ between two of the side’s ever-present stars – midfielders Brandon O’Neill and Matt McKay.

 

13. Brandon O’Neill

 

17. Matt McKay

24

AGE

36

179cm

HEIGHT

171cm

Perth, Western Australia

BORN

Brisbane, Queensland

Midfielder

POSITION

Midfielder

ECU Joondalup

Perth Glory

FORMER CLUBS

Brisbane Strikers

Brisbane Roar

Changchun Yatai (loan)

Rangers

Busan IPark

Changchun Yatai

113 (6 goals)

HYUNDAI A-LEAGUE CLUB APPEARANCES

267 (23 goals)

N/A

INT’L APPEARANCES

59 (2 goals)

22 games played

83.3% pass success rate

34 key passes

5 assists

67.2 passes per 90 minutes

53.8% duel success rate

2018/19 A-LEAGUE STATS

19 games played

79.8% pass success rate

11 key passes

0 assists

42.4 passes per 90 minutes

50.4% duel success rate

 

While the Roar Captain has played three less games, Sky Blue star Brandon O’Neill’s passing superiority is telling, with the 24 year old playing 34 key passes for five assists compared to the former Socceroo’s 11 key passes and zero assists.

O’Neill boasts a superior success rate and number of passes per 90 minutes while the pair are neck and neck with their defence duties, both winning over 50% of their duels contested.

Who’ll be running the show at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night? Brandon O’Neill or Matt McKay? #WatchWithUs LIVE on Fox Sports 505, streamed on the My Football Live App or get down to our Official Home Away from Home at The Star, Sydney to find out.