Wellington Phoenix vs Brisbane Roar A-League preview and prediction

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The Wellington Phoenix and the Brisbane Roar will do battle at Westpac Stadium on Saturday at 5:35pm AEDT within the seconnd sport of Spherical 9.

Wellington need to proceed their successful streak to 3 video games in a row and make a case for the finals, whereas Brisbane enter the ring seeking to lastly get their season up and operating.

Wellington Phoenix

The Phoenix are the subject of a lot dialogue for 2 causes. One is the shape they’re hitting, and the opposite motive is the speak that they might be kicked out of the league on the finish of subsequent season, almost certainly for Canberra United.

However they didn’t let any of that get to them final Saturday by grabbing a 2-Zero win over the last-placed Central Coast Mariners.

I used to be watching the sport and though the ‘Nix’ seemed just like the stronger workforce all through the match, the stats might show totally different.

They had been behind on photographs, they had been behind on possession, behind on fouls, and some different issues.

Key participant
Roy Krishna, this one is easy. He’s the very best participant in Wellington and has been for the previous few years. With 4 targets and an help already, he’s a particularly fast participant – look out Brisbane’s defence!

The place will they win this
Defence. Krishna could also be their key participant however their defence is beginning to construct quite a lot of high quality after the additions of Steven Taylor and Michal Kopczynski. If this backline can hold the Roar to at least one purpose or much less, Wellington ought to have a sure three factors.

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The place will they lose this
Strain/Media. They didn’t lose in opposition to the Mariners, however that is Brisbane who’re nonetheless a top quality facet. They may nonetheless be properly conscious of the likelihood that they received’t be round for for much longer and for instance, Gold Coast United began to carry out poorly when speak arrived that they might be kicked out of the competitors.

Kind: 2 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses
Place: sixth

Predicted XI
GK: Filip Kurto
LWB: Liberato Cacace
CB: Steven Taylor
CB: Andrew Durante
CB: Michal Kopczynski
RWB: Louis Fenton
CM: Mandi
CAM: Sarpreet Singh
CM: Alex Rufer
ST: Nathan Burns
ST: Roy Krishna

Roy Krishna

(Picture by Mark Kolbe/Getty Pictures)

Brisbane Roar

One other large talked about workforce. It’s all the time mentioned, however Brisbane followers are beginning to ramp up a quest for John Aloisi to be sacked.

Final week was a really weird sport for the Roar. A 2-Four loss to on-fire Melbourne Victory consisting of all 6 targets being scored within the first half, and marquee Eric Bautheac being sent-off.

Key participant
Throwing in a little bit of a shock, Daniel Bowles. One of many defenders must cope with the extra all-round striker in Sarpreet Singh, and I count on that to be Avraam Papadopolous. However Bowles isn’t that gradual, if he can sustain with Krishna, this sport may very well be a bit totally different.

The place will they win this
On paper. Examine the 2 groups on paper, the Roar look means higher. I don’t know in the event that they’re failing due to chemistry or if the John Aloisi stuff is attending to them, but when everybody in these two groups had been Australian, I’d see perhaps 4 Socceroos for Brisbane and perhaps one or two for the Phoenix.

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The place will they lose this
Possession. Have a look at the possession depend in opposition to Melbourne Victory, they solely had 25 per cent of the ball!

Very straight ahead, in the event you don’t have the spherical piece of leather-based, you’ll have much less scoring probabilities, and also you received’t win video games. I do know that they had ten males, however they’ll want at the very least 40 per cent possession to beat the Nix.

Kind: three losses, 1 win, 1 draw
Place: ninth

Predicted XI
GK: Jamie Younger
LB: Connor O’Toole
CB: Daniel Bowles
CB: Avraam Papadopoulos
RB: Dane Ingham
CDM: Alex Lopez
CDM: Thomas Kristensen
LW: Matt McKay
CAM: Stefan Mauk
RW: Henrique
ST: Adam Taggart

Match prediction

This sport ought to be a very good one. I nonetheless consider Brisbane will play finals as a result of they’re an awesome workforce on paper, they’re which is why I’m tempted to tip them right here. However judging by kind and by the house benefit, the Nix ought to simply get the job carried out.

2-1 to Wellington

Subsequent week, I’ll be previewing the New 12 months’s Eve conflict between Central Coast Mariners and Perth Glory.

Merry Christmas!


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