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After scoring an impressive 5-0 win over Melbourne Victory in its most recent home game, Brisbane Roar will be looking for its second win of the season when it takes on Western Sydney at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night. Despite being unable to collect the three points away to Perth and Wellington this month, Rado Vidosic’s sides put on an exhibition at the last match it played in the Queensland capital, and a return to familiar surroundings could spell trouble for the competition new boys.
Ivan Franjic remains sidelined for the Roar with an abdominal strain, but Henrique could be in line for a start after coming off the bench in his sides 1-1 draw in Wellington last week. Besart Berisha has scored three goals in his past two matches and his 39th minute equaliser against the Phoenix made him the highest scorer in the history of the club. He will be determined to put in a good performance in front of his home fans.
The young Wanderers squad has not looked completely out of place in the A-League this season, but are still yet to register a first win in the competition. All of their matches have been very tight, with 1-0 defeats to Sydney FC and Adelaide United coming after a 0-0 draw with the Mariners in week one. While coach Tony Popovic will be happy with his defence, an injury to Dino Kresinger will force him to make changes up front in order to find that elusive first goal. Former Roar star Tahj Minniecon has been drafted into the squad and could start, while Youssouf Hersi is another candidate to fill the role in front of goal after coming off the bench last week.
Brisbane has been hard to beat in the Queensland capital recently and if they are the right mood, a repeat of the 5-0 win that they scored over Melbourne Victory in their only other home game so far this season wouldn't surprise.
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