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Brisbane Roar vs. Wellington Phoenix: So Say Geronimo!

Phoenix supporters hold up a 'Ten More Years' sign relating to the team's application for a 10-year A-League licence extension during the round three A-League match between the Wellington Phoenix and the Brisbane Roar at Westpac Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. October 24, 2015| Credit: Hagen Hopkins

“Can you feel it?
Now it’s coming back we can steal it
If we bridge this gap,
I can see you
Through the curtains of the waterfall

When I lost it,
Yeah you held my hand,
But I tossed it,
Didn’t understand,
You were waiting,
As I dove into the waterfall
So say Geronimo!
Say Geronimo!
Can you feel my love?
Bombs away!”
-Sheppard

Building on a breakthrough 2-0 victory over Melbourne Victory, Ernie Merrick‘s Wellington Phoenix head to the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, and Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns, Queensland, Australia to face John Aloisi‘s Brisbane Roar on Saturday, Dec. 12. Brisbane are currently 4-3-2 (15 points), good enough for fourth on the Hyundai A-League ladder.

As for Wellington, a 4-2-3 record (14 points) sees them on track to make the Finals Series at the end of the year, however…it’s only the second third of the season that’s underway. But a major question that should be is this: are football fans in Cairns amped up for this? Most definitely.

“A lot of behind the scenes work has gone into securing this match,” Far North Queensland Football chief Duncan Sims told the Cairns Post. “If the punters head along to Cazalys on Saturday it will go a long way towards the club coming back here in a couple of years time.”

“People in Cairns and the surrounding region don’t get many opportunities to come to our games which is why it is a great opportunity to take the game to them,” added Brisbane Roar defender Jack Hingert, a former bookend with Northern Fury FC (formerly known as the North Queensland Fury).

Kickoff for this contest is scheduled for 10:15 p.m. PT (Friday)/1:15 a.m. ET and will be televised locally by FOX Sports and internationally on BT Sport. Here’s what we are The Stoppage Time think will happen between the Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix.

  • At least four goals will be scored.
  • At least 45 fouls will be whistled.
  • Under five cards will be issued.
  • Roly Bonevacia will score for Wellington Phoenix.
  • Jamie Maclaren will score for Brisbane Roar.
  • Brandon Borrello will not score for Brisbane Roar.
  • Roy Krishna will score a brace for Wellington Phoenix.
  • Glen Moss will make at least six saves.
  • Michael Theo will make under five saves.
  • Shane Steffanuto will be cautioned.

All in all, the stage is set for a Wellington smash and grab. If you can beat Melbourne dead set dead on, there should be no reason why a scalp against another proven A-League champion is impossible. So say Geronimo.

Wellington Phoenix 3, Brisbane Roar 1

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