Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers Betting Tips – 21st April 2017
After the A-League home and away season came to an end last weekend, it’s time for the Elimination Finals to get underway.
First up is Western Sydney Wanderers’ trip to Suncorp Stadium as they take on Brisbane Roar.
The Roar ended the regular season just one run on the ladder below the top two. However, the seven point gap between themselves and Melbourne Victory in second tells its own story.
John Aloisi’s men had a strong start to their campaign with just one defeat in their opening 12 matches. From then on they struggled for consistency and they’ve had a poor build up to Friday night’s encounter with the Wanderers.
Aloisi was left ruing the A-League’s salary cap after announcing that club legend Thomas Broich will not be getting a new contract for next season. The German has been a mainstay of the team for seven seasons and Aloisi must ensure his team’s preparations are not disrupted by news which will undoubtedly be disappointing for players and fans alike.
In that regard, Aloisi will be looking for his team to continue in the same attacking style that they ended the season.
Brisbane Roar’s last three matches saw them score 10 times but they’ll have to be at their best going forwards against Western Sydney’s much improved defence.
Tony Popovic and his coaching staff put in the work on the training ground with the Wanderers’ defence and that extra schooling clearly paid off as they conceded just four goals in their last six games.
Jack Clisby’s performances have been one of the key reasons for their upturn in fortunes at the back and the centre back recently told the press that the team feel very well prepared for what Brisbane will throw at them.
The two sides played out a couple of draws before Brett Holman scored to clinch the final meeting for the Roar and Clisby believes he and the rest of the team have learnt from that defeat.
Clisby’s never going to tell the press that he’s worried about such an important match and it’s one thing to do the talking, quite another to stop Brisbane Roar when they get in full flow.
That said, we believe that the Wanderers have enough about them to make this a very close game so recommend backing under 2.5 goals at $2.03 with Palmerbet.
The bookies also agree that we’re in for a close one with as they’ve made Brisbane only narrow favourites at a best price of $2.23 with Unibet. The Roar do have a knack for scoring late goals and we think that, along with their home advantage, just about gives them the edge.
To get a bit of a bigger win from a Roar victory, it could be worth heading to the half time/full time market. It’ll be a huge surprise to see the Wanderers get well beaten and we’re fairly sure they’ll be right in the game come the break.
So, take the odds of $5.50 that Sportsbet are quoting on the draw/Brisbane Roar selection.
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