The last time Western Sydney was meant to be lining up for a match at home, the game was postponed because the Spotless Stadium pitch wasn’t up to scratch. No such concerns this time around, with this match shifted across to ANZ Stadium. Western Sydney also needs to get itself back on to solid ground after a start to the season which has been as good as it has been bad - depending on which way you look at things. Just like last season, the Wanderers “draw” column is overpopulated, so even though they only lost for the first time this season last week, Josep Gombau’s men find themselves outside the top six. Brisbane, however, has had a disappointing start to the season, so this is a golden opportunity for the Wanderers at home.
3 KEY POINTS
- WESTERN SYDNEY has still only won one game this season, in Round 1 against Perth, but last week’s loss was its first of the season.
- BRISBANE also only has one win for the season and will be without key central defender Avraam Papadopoulos for some time after his spitting charge.
- This game has been shifted from Spotless Stadium to ANZ Stadium.
DRAWING BLANKS – EXCEPT FROM THE SPOT
- Three of the four games between these two teams last season ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.
- The last time these two teams met was the April elimination final at Suncorp Stadium, which Brisbane won 6-5 on penalties.
- Brisbane has won just two of nine away games against Western Sydney.
- Tipping any result other than a Western Sydney win has been the way to go so far this season, but this is a golden opportunity that the Wanderers must not pass up.
DRAW / WESTERN SYDNEY
- Neither side has been prolific in front of goal so far this season, so expect this match to remain tight for some time until someone bobs up late for the hosts.
- The Japanese winger continues to bob up in dangerous positions and has no qualms in shooting from distance.
TOTAL GOALS OVER OR UNDER
- With both teams struggling for goals and desperate for a win, no inch will be given.