Western Sydney Warriors v Brisbane Roar – Friday 08:52, BT Sport 1

Western Sydney snatched a stalemate from the jaws of defeat at home against Melbourne City this weekend with a stoppage time goal, but their run of five without a win and lack of a single clean sheet this season will not fill fans with confidence. Brisbane have bounced back from a poor start to the season with a run of five games undefeated, but after drawing 1-1 in their last two games they will seek to re-establish some momentum heading into the festive period.

The Wanderers will feel aggrieved not to have put their winless ways behind them after having had an early goal wrongly disallowed at the weekend. Their one doubt for the weekend is Santalab, who continues to struggle with a hamstring injury, and with Popovic facing a hefty fine for criticising a match official in Round Six, they will be desperate for a home win to distance themselves from the bottom of the table. Brisbane’s league record away from home is unconvincing: they lost 4-0 to Newcastle to give the Jets their only win this season, they scraped past lowly Central Coast 1-0, and they could only manage a 1-1 draw against rock-bottom Adelaide. As such, they will not be filled with confidence going into this away fixture.

Five of the last six games between these two sides have produced over 2.5 goals, with four of those five producing four or more goals. We think that Western Sydney are on the ascendancy and Brisbane have misfired away from home, so we’re going for Western Sydney to win and over 2.5 match goals.

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