Brisbane have taken Western Sydney’s Premiers’ Plate and now the Wanderers want to get one up on them on Saturday.
They’ve taken their Premiers’ Plate off them now Western Sydney are desperate to get one up on Brisbane when they face off on Saturday.
The Wanderers host the Roar in their penultimate game of the A-League’s regular season before taking on Melbourne Heart away next week.
Western Sydney have yet to beat Brisbane in their two previous encounters this season, suffering a 3-1 loss away in their first clash before holding them to a draw in their second.
The Wanderers slipped to third spot after their 2-1 loss to Central Coast last week, which lifted the Mariners to second just a point ahead.
Desperate to reclaim the prized second spot on the ladder, the Wanderers are set to come out firing at Parramatta Stadium.
“We go into every game wanting to win and tomorrow will be no different,” coach Tony Popovic said.
“We did beat them last year, but this year they’ve got the edge.
“So it’s up to us tomorrow to get one back over them.”
With both Adelaide and Melbourne Victory only a point behind Western Sydney, the race for the runners up position will go down to the wire.
With second spot comes qualification into next year’s Asian Champions League and the advantage of sitting out the first week of the A-League finals, going straight through to the semis.
With the Wanderers, Mariners and Victory all playing in the current ACL campaign and juggling the hectic schedule that comes with it, this advantage is not lost on them.
Wanderers midfielder Mateo Poljak said, however, his side’s main motivation to get second is to prove their remarkable maiden season – when they cliched the premiership and made the grand final – was no fluke.
“We want to show that last year’s success wasn’t a coincidence,” he said
“We want to finish high up on the table.”
The Roar will be without their most prolific striker Besart Berisha, who is suspended after copping a red card in Brisbane’s victory over Melbourne Heart last week – his third sending off this season.
Popovic doesn’t expect they’ll be any less dangerous.
“They’ve shown that when he hasn’t played they’ve continued to win games.
“They have a very good squad and no matter who they put in there they’ll do a good job.”