Preview: Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers

This match has suddenly taken on crucial importance with the two sides locked in fifth place and a win here would be crucial in the battle for a semi-final ticket.

Just a few weeks ago the Roar were well placed among the frontrunners with the Wanderers well off the pace. But a fortnight is evidently a long time in the Westfield W-League in modern times.

The Wanderers have won two and the Roar have lost two over recent weeks. But two of those results really stand out even in the long history of the Westfield W-League - the Wanderers’ epic 2-1 win over champions Melbourne City, and the Roar’s remarkable 5-1 loss against Canberra United.

A relatively routine 2-0 win for Brisbane in Western Sydney in late November suddenly seems a long way off.

Brisbane now need to find the kind of form that their well-credentialed roster is worthy of. And with Melbourne City three points clear in fourth, this match is almost verging on a last throw of the dice.

Both teams are likely to have a full roster to choose from. But it is Brisbane who can take the most heart from the record books having won nine of the 13 previous meetings.

Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday, 7 January 2017
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Kick-Off: 1:35PM (Local) (2:35PM (AEDT))

Referee: Kelly Jones

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Brisbane Roar squad: 1.Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk), 2.Nina FRAUSING-PEDERSEN, 3.Amy CHAPMAN, 4.Clare POLKINGHORNE (c), 5.Brooke SPENCE, 6.Angela BEARD, 7.Sunny FRANCO, 8.Kaitlyn TORPEY, 9.Cortnee VINE, 10.Katrina GORRY, 12.Allira TOBY, 13.Tameka BUTT, 14.Summer O’BRIEN, 15.Abbey LLOYD, 17.Emily GIELNIK, 18.Maddy EVANS, 20.Georgina WORTH (gk) **two to be omitted**

Ins: 9.Cortnee VINE (promoted), 15. Abbey LLOYD (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: Nil

Western Sydney Wanderers squad: 1.Jada WHYMAN (gk), 2.Caitlin COOPER (c), 4.Chloe O’BRIEN, 5.Helen PETINOS,6.Kendall FLETCHER, 7.Sarah YATIM, 8.Erica HALLOWAY, 9.Katie STENGEL, 10.Paige NIELSEN, 12.Rachel LOWE, 13.Eliza AMMENDOLIA, 15.Ellie CARPENTER, 16.Alix ROBERTS, 17.Alyssa ROSE, 18.Angelique HRISTODOULOU, 22.Casey DUMONT (gk) ** one to be omitted**

Ins: 17.Alyssa ROSE (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 23. Joey Burgess (calf injury – one week)