Sunday's Grand Final will be Besart Berisha's last game for the Roar. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au
With the Grand Final almost upon us, there are a few things you should know about the Roar if you are a Western Sydney Wanderers fan. Both sides have strong claims to take this season’s A-league title, and statistical analysts can put up strong arguments to support both team’s winning credentials. This is what makes this season’s A-league Grand Final one of the most fascinating showdowns to date, leaving punters and fans scratching their heads.
The Wanderers go into this match knowing how to beat Brisbane. Since their introduction into the competition, Western Sydney has been Roar’s bogey side. Out of seven clashes between the sides, the Roar has only managed to win one. Two matches have ended in draws and the Wanderers have notched four victories, including a 2-0 finals triumph at Pirtek Stadium last season. When looking at the head-to-head record, the Wanderers are hard to back against. But this is finals football. The mentality, the hunger and desire to win is significantly different to a standard season fixture and the Roar’s history in the play-offs is impressive.
Suncorp Stadium has been somewhat of a fortress come finals time. Out of six finals matches played at home, the Roar have won four, drawn two and never lost. Their unbeaten home record is undoubtedly what has led them to two A-league titles and set them on course for a third.
Almost as astonishing as their home record is the ability to score goals when they need to. Out of 11 goals scored by the home side come finals time, over half of them have come later than the 83rd minute. They’ve put truth to the saying “it’s not over until the fat lady sings” and set the sea of orange into a frenzy on a number of occasions. So, if you’re a Roar fan and the Wanderers lead with the clock closing in on 90 minutes, don’t get out of your seat until the final whistle blows. You may live to regret it like thousands did in the 2011 win over the Mariners.
If you’re looking for some value in a bet, the first goal scorer market can serve up a generous payout. In a game like this, it’s hard to go past Roar star striker Besart Berisha . This weekend’s Grand Final will be the last time we see the Albanian in an orange shirt as he sets off to Melbourne to play for the Victory next season. With that in mind, Berisha will be eager to make a final contribution for Brisbane and his strike record for the Roar is one to be desired. The talisman has managed to find the net in 31 out of 39 appearances and has been the first goal scorer whenever he has lined up against the Wanderers.
TattsBet have a special offer in the first goal scorer market exclusively for the Grand Final. If the score is 0-0 at halftime, all unsuccessful first goal scorer bets will be refunded.
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