A-League preview: Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix

The Roar have tasted victory again but will have a testing time of it in Wellington, who going into the game with their own winning form
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Franjic, Smith, Donachie, Stefanutto
Broich, Paartalu, Nichols
Halloran, Berisha, Henrique


Bertos, Durante, Sigmund, Lochhead
Sanchez, Muscat, Lia
Boyd, Brockie, Fenton

Both these sides were given late Christmas gifts, with Brisbane beating Adelaide on Boxing Day before the Phoenix came from behind to beat the Heart a day later.

The challenge is now to get 2013 off to the perfect start with another victory.

The good news for both coaches is they have a fairly settled squad to choose from, with almost all their key players available.

But the Phoenix have a horror record against the Roar, having never tasted success at Suncorp Stadium and with just two victories in 16 previous meetings.

Wellington have improved their away form in recent seasons but just cannot seem to get things right when they visit Brisbane.

And after doing well in recent weeks to get back among top six calculations the last thing the Phoenix will want is another heavy Suncorp defeat to halt some of their momentum.

The Phoenix bring in Cameron Lindsay to their squad, but may elect to go with the same XI that came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 over the Melbourne Heart on Wednesday.

Brisbane, meanwhile, continue to create numerous chances in games, but their strike rate leaves a lot to be desired.

The Roar have managed just 15 goals in 13 games this season, with only Perth Glory finding the back of the net less than the two-time champions.

If the Roar are to make the finals again, they will need to start making the most of their chances.

New coach Mike Mulvey has already hinted he will be after a striker when the transfer window opens in January and if he can find the right one then the Roar could become a serious contender again.

They, like their opponents, may resist making changes after beating Adelaide United last time out.

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