Four reasons the Wanderers and Roar will be a cracker

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The Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar are set to go head-to-head on Friday night at Spotless stadium and it should be an almighty contest.

Here’s four reasons why:

1. Past two games between them have delivered 14 goals

The last time these two sides met we were treated to an A-League game for the ages. Vying for a spot in last year’s final, Western Sydney clawed their way back from three goals down to win an extra time classic 5-4.  Prior to this, four goals in the final 20 minutes of their game at Suncorp Stadium mid-season saw the contest end in 3-2 win for Brisbane. If the last two meetings are anything to go by on Friday night we are set for not only goals but some serious drama too.

2. Both sets of strikers are hungry for goals

Despite fielding rather dangerous attacks neither side has really found their feet in front of goal this season. The Wanderers have netted just eight times, while the Roar have done even worse scoring seven in their first six games. For Western Sydney the likely return of Brendon Santalab from injury will give them a big boost as Kerem Bulut still searches for his first A-League goal since returning from a stint in Greece. Brisbane will also benefit from a full 90 minutes out of Jamie Maclaren who only managed 45 minutes last week against Sydney FC following his return from Socceroos duty.  

3. Defenders need to step up

One thing that may well help each team’s frontline on the night are two rather shaky backlines. While the Wanderers back four put in a much improved performance against Melbourne City, the red & black have let in the equal most goals this season with 14. Brisbane meanwhile had looked impressive at the back but last week’s abysmal showing against the Sky Blues suggested they aren’t as composed as we thought. Somehow keeping Sydney FC to just one goal, the Roar handed the Sky Blues several chances as they survived a barrage of 18 shots and 30 crosses through poor decision making at the back. How they react against a determined Western Sydney attack will be very interesting.

4. Nothing but a win will do

Unable to get a win in their past five games, drawing four and losing one, the Wanderers are in desperate need of a win to overcome a stuttering start. After their first three games at Spotless Stadium have all ended in draws, their new stadium is in desperate need of a win. Brisbane’s form has been far less discouraging but having drawn their past two after winning three on the trot and they’ll surely be wanting to return to winning ways.

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Joshua Thomas
Joshua Thomas
A football fanatic and journalism student who won't leave you wondering about any Wanderers news this season as I cover all things Red and Black for The Football Sack.

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