I keep writing each week how the regular season title is all but wrapped up, and how the Roar will secure the number one spot, but even Brisbane fans themselves must be starting to wonder.
Brisbane will look to get back on track when they host ninth placed Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Friday evening.
The great thing about A-League is the extremely competitive nature. On paper, even the Heart who have spent most of the season rock bottom could still lift the A-League trophy, despite being 17 points behind the first placed Roar.
I’m sure the Roar were wishing things weren’t that tight, though, as nothing less than a win will do for the home side, as the once potentially decisive gap is now down to just four points with the Wanderers coming in to some solid form.
The Wanderers 85th minute goal against the Roar may turn out to be more damaging than we’d previously thought, as Brisbane still sat 10 points clear at that stage. 185 minutes of football later, and Brisbane could see the gap closed to just one point after this one.
No side are in worst form that Perth right now, as they’ve lost their last three and picked up just two points in six outings. One of those came in a 0-0 draw against Brisbane, in a game where we backed Perth.
Perth are very much a different proposition away from home though, having lost six of their last seven, including a 1-0 loss in Brisbane. This will be the side’s third meeting of the season.
On top of very poor results, Perth have been under fire in the media once again. Scott Jamieson, who will miss this game through injury, has spoken out under criticism that the club are in ‘crisis’.
Both sides are clearly quite fragile right now, and Perth certainly won’t want to be opened up early on here. Although an early goal for Brisbane would get the crowd on side, they certainly can’t afford to slip up in this game either.
There’s been something cagey about this fixture for a while now, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see that again given all the surrounding circumstances.
The last five meetings between the side have seen one or fewer goals, with both sides taking two 1-0 wins, and sharing the points in a 0-0 in Perth four weeks ago. Perth’s stats may not suggest so, but I do think this could be close.
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