With just minutes to play in last week’s elimination final Brisbane looked down an out. A ten man Melbourne Victory were able to take the lead through Besart Berisha and were desperately trying to hold on for a win. Brisbane though had other ideas and found an equaliser in the 88th minute thank to captain Matt McKay. With extra time beckoning the Roar made one last push and it was none other than Thomas Broich who was able to find the back of the net in stoppage time. They will have no time to think about what was and must regroup quickly to take on the Wanderers in front of what will be a deafening crowd at Pirtek Stadium.
Like Adelaide the Wanderers have their own Spanish trio in Alberto, Dimas and Andreu. Tony Popovic has built a very strong spine and it starts at the back with Topor-Stanley and Alberto. Dimas, Andreu and Nichols are the engine room in the middle of the park but their biggest weakness is up front. Mark Bridge has really cooled off and there are only so many goals that Santelab can score off the bench. In terms of fire power this one is a mismatch. The Roar have scoring options across the park with MacLaren, Broich, McKay, Oar and Petratos not to mention Borello coming off the bench. Brisbane have won 5 of the last 7 meetings and have been the Wanderers achilles heel in the past. There is sure to be late drama in this one and that has been the Roar’s specialty. A 2-2 thriller and extra time.
Melbourne City and the Brisbane Roar were both victors at home in their elimination finals last week but must now win on the road if they are to make the A-League Grand Final. Adelaide and the Western Sydney Wanderers will be fresh after the week off and in front of sell out crowds will be very hard to beat.