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  • 27 October 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Referee: L. Laverdue
  • • Attendance: 12663
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A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers

A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers

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The Wanderers' quest for a first A-League goal - and win - gets no easier against the reigning champions at Suncorp, with the hosts heavily favoured to claim the win

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  PROBABLE LINEUP
BRISBANE ROAR


Theoklitos
Hingert, Smith, Jurman, Stefanutto
Murdocca, Paartalu, Nichols
Halloran, Berisha, Broich

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS


Covic
Polenz, T-Stanley, Beauchamp, D'Apuzzo
Poljak, Ono, Mooy
Minniecon, Bridge, Haliti

Western Sydney Wanderers travel to fortress Suncorp facing an uphill task against the Brisbane Roar, having not scored a goal in their first three A-league games.

The Roar lost just three home games in last season's campaign, and the manner in which they dealt with Melbourne Victory in their first game in Brisbane this season suggests the Wanderers are in for a tough match on Saturday.

Tony Popovic's men have been solid defensively in their opening three games - conceding just two goals - but their inability to convert their chances may start to catch up with them.

Brisbane's ability to keep the ball and control the game through the likes of Massimo Murdocca, Mitch Nichols and Thomas Broich will test the endurance of the Wanderers defence throughout the contest at Suncorp.

In-form Albanian striker Besart Berisha - on target again against Wellington last Sunday - has a chance to equal Brisbane's A-League goal-scoring record, which is held by current Adelaide striker Sergio van Dijk.

Berisha is one goal behind the Dutchman's record with 24 goals in 32 appearances, and he will see Saturday's contest as an ideal opportunity to equal, and perhaps surpass, the former Roar player's record.

Western Sydney may hand a debut to ex-Brisbane winger Tahj Minniecon.

Minniecon left the Roar in 2009 and spent three relatively unsuccessful seasons at the now defunct Gold Coast United, but was given a chance to prove himself by Popovic, who took the youngster on in the off-season.  

Brisbane are again without right-back Ivan Franjic, whose abdominal injury is expected to keep him out for another week, while Dino Kresinger's injury rules him out for the Wanderers.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Brisbane Roar

Western Sydney Wanderers

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Brisbane Roar FC BRI
Brisbane Roar FC Brisbane Roar
Draw
Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
Western Sydney Wanderers FC Western Sydney Wanderers
50%
44%

Top 3 Predictions

Brisbane Roar FC BRI
2 - 0
Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
Brisbane Roar FC BRI
1 - 2
Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW
Brisbane Roar FC BRI
3 - 0
Western Sydney Wanderers FC WSW

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