Mark Bridge celebrating his game-winner against Brisbane. Image courtesy of news.com.au/Getty Images
Western Sydney’s maiden win in the A-League was cause for celebration, but the fact it came against two-time defending champion Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium made the victory all the more meritorious. That sparked a run of three wins in four games for the debutants, but things have come to a grinding halt in the past couple of weeks as the Wanderers haven’t troubled the scorers in losses to Melbourne Victory and Wellington.
Brisbane, on the other hand, is finally starting to find some form. Home wins against Sydney FC and Newcastle bookended an away loss to Central Coast, a match where they should have come away with at least a point from Gosford. German star Thomas Broich is free to play this weekend after his diabolical send-off last week against the Jets, but he has been off-colour this season and not the same weapon he was during Roar’s title-winning campaigns. The champions are still missing backline stalwarts Matt Smith and Ivan Franjic who are on Socceroos duty.
The Wanderers are without the services of impressive midfielder Aaron Mooy, who is also on international duty. They do, however, get back creative winger Youssouf Hersi from suspension. He was instrumental in the 1-0 win over Brisbane earlier this season. Western Sydney has recorded just one win and a draw from five starts in front of its home fans at Parramatta Stadium, but the visitors are still yet to win a game on the road this season.
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