Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers - Friday 20:00, Fox Sports 4

After a couple of poor results on the road where Brisbane conceded nine goals in defeats at Perth and Adelaide, they’ll be glad to get back to the Suncorp Stadium and attempt to close the three point gap to the Wanderers at the top of the league. The Wanderers moved to the top after finding an 85th minute winner when hosting Perth, their first win in four games, though they’ve only lost one of their last six.

Brisbane have now managed just two wins in their last eight, losing four of their last seven, with each of these defeats by at least three goals. Indeed, they’ve trailed at the break in five of their last seven, this after being behind at half-time in just one of their opening 14 games. Their home record this season is W7-D2-L1 as the excellent Adelaide have been the only team to beat them. However, their only clean sheet in their last seven at home came against bottom of the league Central Coast and their record when hosting top-four teams this season is W2-D1-L1 as they’ve beaten City and Adelaide early in the season when they weren’t in top form and also drew against City.

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After keeping six clean sheets during an unbeaten run of 10 games, the Wanderers have since failed to prevent their opponents from scoring in their last eight as six of these games had more than two goals, with both teams finding the net in all eight. The Wanderers’ away record this season is W4-D4-L2 as they’ve lost at City and Sydney early on in the season. Their record when travelling to fellow top-four teams this term is W1-D1-L1 as they’ve won and lost against City, while drawing at Adelaide in their second game of the season.

Both teams are struggling defensively at the moment but finding the net with regularity so backing there to be goals looks the way to go in this one. Four of Brisbane’s last five at home have seen at least four goals, while the Wanderers have scored at least twice in six of their last eight on the road, but conceded at least twice in four of their last eight.
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