Two teams with different streaks will be fighting it out in the first of three games on ‘Super Saturday’.
Brisbane go into this on a five-game point streak in the A-league while Wellington are riding an unwanted run of three straight defeats and four in their past five.
The Roar shared the points with Perth last week in a highly entertaining 2-2 draw while Wellington suffered one of their worst defeats of the season, a 5-1 thrashing, at home to Melbourne City.
Brisbane appear to have worked their way out of a mid-season slump and have now picked up points in their past five matches.
Their past three efforts have resulted in draws against Melbourne City, Sydney FC and Perth while their last win was actually against the Phoenix a month ago in New Zealand.
John Aloisi’s side will be a touched fatigue though having to back up from an Asian Champions League commitment midweek where they drew 0-0. The only saving grace was that it was at Suncorp.
DONE AND DUSTED
We are prepared to say that the Phoenix are gone!
With their season on the line and a battle for the sixth spot raging, Wellington produced one of their worst performances of 2016/17 at home when they were humbled by Melbourne City.
A little over a month ago it appeared as though everything was clicking into place for the Phoenix after thrashing Melbourne Victory 3-0 but since then it’s been nothing but a downward spiral. They have conceded 14 goals in the past five games.
This doesn’t paint a pretty picture for the Phoenix faithful.
Wellington has only won once in their past 14 attempts at Suncorp Stadium while they’ve left with a share of the points on only two other occasions.
Add the fact that Brisbane has won two of the past three clashes (with one draw in the middle) and the Kiwis could be in for another long haul home. Interestingly, there has only been one goal scored between them in the past two matches.
There is no doubt that Wellington face an uphill battle here.
They have won just once on the road this season and have the worst defence on the road (along with Newcastle) in the A-league. What’s worse is that they have only averaged a tick over a goal a game in Australia in 2016/17.
Making the task that much harder is Brisbane’s home form which is pretty hard to fault.
The Roar has only lost two games at home spanning last season and this current campaign which is easily the best of any team in the competition.
The midweek commitment shouldn’t be too much of a concern for the Roar because it is negated by the fact Wellington have travel over from New Zealand.
With the Phoenix defence leaking goals, look for Brisbane’s main man up front in Jamie Maclaren to take advantage and add to his recent strike rate of four goals in five games.
THE TIP: BRISBANE
TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: UNDER 2.5
1st GOALSCORER: JAMIE MACLAREN