Roar vs Western Sydney Betting Preview | A-League Betting Tips
Brisbane's impressive nine-match unbeaten run goes on the line here.
Wed, 21 Dec, 11:24 PM
BRISBANE ROAR V WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS Friday night, Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane's impressive nine-match unbeaten run goes on the line here when they host the Wanderers on Friday night. The Roar has been one of the best teams in the competition throughout the first 11 rounds, notching five wins and five draws with just the one loss blotting their copybook. Western Sydney go into this match with more losses than wins, however, six draws go a long way in highlighting just how competitive they are. HOME GROUND ADVANTAGE As we have pointed out in these previews before, Brisbane is the best 'home' side of the competition for the past two seasons. Last season they used it as their main springboard towards the finals while this year they are joint top with Sydney as the best performing side on familiar turf. John Aloisi's side have won three of their five games at Suncorp this season while the other two results have been draws. More importantly in regards to their chances here, they've scored nine goals and conceded only three. They are a far better outfit at home where they have scored three more goals than they have away despite playing one game less. ANOTHER BLOWN LEAD Tony Popovic's side threw away a two-goal lead against Wellington last week to eventually the share points, however, it is the third time this season they have given up an advantage only to come away with a draw. Of those performances, twice they gave up a 2-0 lead. HOW IT PANS OUT Expect to see some great attacking football here. Both sides are fantastic passers of the ball and have some wonderfully talented players so we think that both goalkeepers will be busy. Brisbane showed just how much they appreciate playing at home when they struggled to knock off Central Coast last week in Gosford, eventually winning 2-1. The week prior they pumped Adelaide 4-0 at Suncorp. While the home ground advantage will play heavily in their favour, Western Sydney are very competitive on the road and have been far better as the 'away' team this season. Ten of their 15 goals have been scored on the road. The one negative playing against the Wanderers is the fact they had to travel to New Zealand last week and now find themselves in Queensland. That kind of travel takes it out of a team, however, with Nico Martinez and Jumpei Kusakami playing in outstanding form and being natural 'livewires', they alone could lift their teammates. Brisbane's defence will have to be on guard against the Wanderers but that is one area of their game that Aloisi has managed to correct. They are conceding just one goal a game whereas last season it was 1.48 per game. THE VERDICT These teams met just four weeks ago where a 1-1 draw was the result at Spotless Stadium. Draws aren't common between these sides with their last meeting being the only draw in the past six encounters. The Wanderers have shown enough ability to win this game but Brisbane's Suncorp advantage has to be respected. THE TIP: DRAW TO SCORE A GOAL: Jamie Maclaren - the Brisbane striker has scored in his past four matches and leads all Roar scores with six