Match preview: Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers
Brisbane Roar host Western Sydney Wanderers in a Thursday night clash that may well determine each side’s Westfield W-League fate.
The last time these sides met in Round 2, Carson Pickett helped Brisbane grab all three points thanks to a wily free-kick on 39 minutes.
Mel Andreatta’s side are in finals contention following their bright start to the 2018/19 Season, while Dan Barrett’s crew will need a Herculean effort to finish in the top four.
The reigning Premiers caused the upset of Round 7 with a 4-3 win over Melbourne Victory that snapped the leaders' unbeaten start to the season.
That complemented Brisbane's bright start to the season where they grabbed seven points from their first four games, giving them a platform from which to build their season.
The 2018/19 Season has not been as kind for the Wanderers. Their campaign kicked off with a 3-0 home defeat to their crosstown rivals Sydney FC, and from that day on it appeared to be an uphill battle.
To their credit, Western Sydney has grown in stature and are beginning to find the back of the net.
Kylie Ledbrook’s stunner against Melbourne Victory was a memorable moment, and the Wanderers were unlucky to not to steal all three points in their 2-2 draw with Canberra United.
However, goals win matches and there just haven’t been enough from the Red and Black. That the side failed to score until Round 5 was always going to make a finals appearance difficult, compounded by narrow, 1-0 losses to Newcastle Jets and Brisbane.
Ins and outs
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1. Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk), 2.Carson PICKETT, 4.Clare POLKINGHORNE (c), 5.Jenna MCCORMICK, 6.Celeste BOUREILLE, 7.Indiah-Paige RILEY, 8.Kaitlyn TORPEY, 9.Chioma UBOGAGU, 11.Natalie TATHEM, 12.Allira TOBY, 14.Summer O’BRIEN, 15.Abbey LLOYD, 17.Yuki NAGASATO, 18.Leah DAVIDSON, 19.Hollie PALMER, 20.Annie GROVE (gk), 22.Anna MARGRAF
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 8.Kaitlyn TORPEY (promoted), 14.Summer O’BRIEN (promoted), 18.Leah DAVIDSON (promoted)
Outs: 10.Katrina Gorry (suspended – 1 match)
Unavailable: 16.Hayley RASO (back - TBC)
Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Jada WHYMAN (gk), 2.Caitlin COOPER, 4.Maruschka WALDUS,5.Rachel LOWE, 6.Servet UZUNLAR (c), 7.Lo’eau LABONTA, 8.Erica HALLOWAY, 9.Remy SIEMSEN,10.Kylie LEDBROOK, 11.Elizabeth ADDO, 12.Suzi PHONSONGKHAM, 13.Georgia YEOMAN-DALE,14.Courtney NEVIN, 15.Talitha KRAMER, 17.Sydney MIRAMONTEZ, 19.Leena KHAMIS, 30.Nicole SIMONSEN (gk)
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 9.Remy SIEMSEN (promoted), 12.Suzi PHONSONGKHAM (promoted), 14.Courtney NEVIN (promoted)
Outs: 20.Caitlin JARVIE (not selected)
How to watch
Tune in to FOX SPORTS 505 to catch this clash, with kick-off at 7:30pm AEDT. You can also stream the match live on the MyFootball Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers. For viewers outside Australia and New Zealand without a broadcasting rights holder, you can watch games on the My Football Youtube channel.
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Round 8: Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers