December 3, 2014 Wednesday,16:30
11/10 Western Sydney Wanderers Odds to Win
10/3 Brisbane Roar FC Odds to win
27/11 Draw Odds
The Hyundai A-League Grand Final replay of last season, and even though this campaign sees them both in the bottom three, a win for either will supercharge their ladder position. MATCH DETAILS Incredibly, the winner of this match will jump up into the top six - so even though there's just three points at stake this is a massive game for the respective clubs' confidence. Given their struggles in this campaign, it’s hard to believe that just seven months ago these two sides contested last season’s Hyundai A-League Grand Final. The Wanderers are still searching for their first victory while Roar have just one win and have already seen coach Mike Mulvey sacked as a result of their poor start. While the Wanderers beat Brisbane on all four occasions they met in season 2012/13, Roar reversed their fortunes last campaign by going undefeated against Tony Popovic’s side. The Wanderers boss has added Jason Trifiro and youngster Jaushua Sotirio to his squad from Saturday night and may look to freshen things up, especially with a tough trip to Adelaide to follow just three days later. Vitor Saba, who started on the bench in last Saturday’s Sydney Derby, Labinot Haliti and Shannon Cole could all be due for starts if Popovic decides to tinker. The possible first appearance of the season of Socceroos midfielder Adam Sarota is the big news in the Roar line-up, with the classy playmaker included in an extended squad. Sarota would certainly add a bit more punch to a midfield that has been uncharacteristically subdued so far this season.
This looms as a real season-defining clash for both sides. Win and it might just spark a resurgence but a defeat will make things especially hard for the remainder of the season. The Wanderers have performed better and better with every game over the last couple of weeks and you get the feeling they are on the cusp of a win judging by their first half display in the derby.