Star striker Besart Berisha can lift Roar out of its slump. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au
Maybe it’s the slump that Brisbane Roar needed to have, but the two-time champion hasn’t enjoyed a win in three outings and there have been no goals in the last two. As a result, Roar’s lead has been whittled down to just four-points after it was 10 at one stage. In the past fortnight, Mike Mulvey’s men have suffered 1-0 losses to Melbourne Heart and the Newcastle Jets, and before that they were held to a 1-1 draw by Western Sydney. Now they have an opportunity to turn things around at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night in front their adoring fans.
While Roar's form hasn’t been flash, Glory’s is worse. Perth is without a win since mid-January and their form sheet reads four losses and two draws in six outings. Last week, the men from across the Nullabor were beaten 2-0 by Western Sydney and before that it was consecutive 2-1 losses to Sydney FC and Heart. In between draws with Brisbane and Melbourne Victory, they went down to Western Sydney 3-1 .
The last time these two teams met was in Perth on January 17 when it finished 0-0 after Beshart Berisha was sent-off in the 31st minute, leaving Brisbane a man short for an hour. Last week’s loss was the first time this season Roar tasted consecutive defeats. They had just six shots (lowest number of the season) against Heart, a clear indication the competition-leaders are struggling to find their mojo. Having already lost three times at home this season, the men in orange are desperate to reward home fans with a stellar performance befitting of comeptition favourites.
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