Following a disappointing loss against Adelaide United on Sunday night, of course with a tad bit of VAR controversy (when isn’t there any of that lately???), the Wanderers will now look to bounce back against a struggling Brisbane Roar who currently sit in 9th spot. The Wanderers will be without captain Robbie Cornthwaite following his dismissal last week via, you guessed it, the VAR. Fortunately the Wanderers CB stocks are well and truly filled with Michael Thwaite, Jonathan Aspro and Brendan Hamill all viable options. Chris Herd is still unavailable for the match following the birth of his child but the Wanderers are boosted by the return of Steven Lustica after nearly 2 months on the sideline. Saturday night presents itself as the last chance before the warning bells start to ring, with many supporters undoubtedly worried about the clubs current ladder position. Amazingly, it will be only our 3rd home game of the season (albeit relocated due to ground issues with Spotless) and Gombau’s first home game in charge.
Last season saw 4 clashes between the two sides with the Wanderers unsuccessful in all encounters, managing 2 draws and 2 losses including the devastating penalty shootout loss in the finals.
Jumpei scored in 2 of the 4 games against the Roar last year but also was the player which cost the Wanderers the finals match, placing his penalty right into Jamie Young’s hands. He’ll have his chance on Saturday to prove that his demons haven’t gotten the better of him and will look to make it 3 in 5 against the boys from Brisbane.
Raul Llorente vs Eric Buetec
Llorente has been key to the Wanderers progression down the flanks this season, combining excellently with fellow Spaniard Cejudo. Meanwhile Brisbane’s new poster boy, Eric Beautec has slowly began to infuse himself in the league and will be hoping to continue his rise in form on Saturday.
Wanderers 3- Brisbane 0
The red and black will be fuming after last weeks disappointing result and will be looking to quickly rectify any doubters they may have. Brisbane still are yet to find their feet in the competition and a tough away trip seems too much for them to handle. Expect the Wanderers season to really get started come Saturday night.