A-League preview: Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar

The Wanderers will have fond memories of the only other time they have met the Roar, but cannot afford to dwell on the past when the reigning champions visit on Sunday
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The Western Sydney Wanderers will always remember their first game against Brisbane, with the club scoring their first-ever goal and win [1-0] in the A-League.

These two sides have struggled for consistency since, which is why they are both currently outside the top six and are locked together on 10 points. It puts huge importance on this clash as the duo look to remain in touching distance of the finals spots.

The Wanderers have hit a bit of a wall in recent weeks, winning just one of their past four games. They do welcome back winger Youssouf Hersi from suspension but are still missing key midfielder Aaron Mooy on international duty.

Brisbane held on for a vital 1-0 win over Newcastle last Saturday night, but are still searching for their first win on the road this campaign.

The Roar were handed good news during the week with playmaker Thomas Broich cleared to play despite his red card against the Jets.

Captain Matt Smith and right-back Ivan Franjic are still away with the Qantas Socceroos, while Mitch Nichols is hopeful of a return to the top squad after playing in the National Youth League last weekend.

Nichols is one of the brightest young talents in the country and a key part of the Roar side, yet last week found himself unable to even make the squad.

There is nothing wrong with a coach trying to get a message across to one of his players, but if the Roar are to challenge for a third straight title they need their best players on the park and firing.

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic described his side's last outing, against Wellington on Sunday, as the worst of the season and he will demand a response - especially in front of their home fans.

And given the Wanderers' troubles in attack, the first goal in this clash could be vital.

If the home side get it, they will be able to rely on their stingy defence and counter-attacking style to thrive, while if the Roar break through first it could be a tough afternoon for the Wanderers.

All is not rosy at Brisbane ,with speculation coach Vidosic is at odds with some players. They will not be able to win another title if those rumours are true, but the Roar should still fancy their chances at Parramatta Stadium.

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