Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar are both desperate to keep pace with the top six as the two sides square off in the first A-League match of the decade on New Year’s Day.
Wanderers vs Roar kicks off at 7.30pm AEDT at Bankwest Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.
After snapping a 62-day winless streak dating back to Round 3, can the Wanderers kick off 2020 with a bang and make it back-to-back victories when they face Brisbane on Wednesday night?
Western Sydney looked like genuine title contenders as they led the competition after three rounds, beating reigning premiers Sydney FC in a big derby showdown, but they went on a dramatic tumble down the ladder after that night, going winless until a thrilling 3-2 win away to Adelaide last week.
The Wanderers held on after George Blackwood both scored and missed a penalty during injury time, relieving some of the pressure on coach Markus Babbel.
But it will count for nothing if the Wanderers can’t back it up in front of their home fans against one of the A-League’s struggling sides.
Brisbane haven’t got going this season under new coach Robbie Fowler and are remarkably still yet to score a first-half goal.
It appeared as if the Roar were set to slip to the bottom of the ladder in Round 12, but they managed to equalised late against the Jets to register a 1-1 draw and remain in 10th on the ladder.
Six points adrift of a finals spot, Brisbane need to start winning soon in order to maintain pace with those above them also jostling for a top six spot.
Western Sydney are unbeaten in their last six games against Brisbane, but their last clash – also at Bankwest – resulted in a 0-0 stalemate on November 2. In saying that, Brisbane aren’t offering anything in attack right now, so if the Wanderers can remain steady at the back, they should have enough firepower to come out on top at home.
Western Sydney Wanderers – $2.00
Brisbane Roar – $3.75
Draw – $3.60
- Wanderers unbeaten in last six meetings with Brisbane
- Wanderers and Roar drew 0-0 at Bankwest on November 2
- At least three goals had been scored in their previous four encounters