A shocking 3-1 defeat on the road to the Central Coast Mariners has left Ernie Merrick‘s Wellington Phoenix looking for answers on how to save their campaign from falling off the pace yet again. Sitting at 4-3-6 (15 points), the Phoenix host the league leaders, John Aloisi‘s Brisbane Roar, at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. At 8-3-2 (27 points), the Australian tactician’s Roar are ahead of the Western Sydney Wanderers on goals forwarded (22 to 20) and are coming off a 2-1 win over Perth Glory at home.
“We can all play with a smile on our face and enjoy the team efforts that we have produced so far,” North said. “Everyone has been talking about how good the other teams are and we have just been going under the radar. We are happy with that. I hope they keep pumping the other teams up because we have a lot of confidence in this team, there’s a lot of winners in this team.
“We have come a long way in such a short time. We can only get better and better. The bigger teams, your Sydneys and Melbournes, have got the money obviously. We’ve got the heart, we’ve got the pride.
“In previous years we’ve got three championships and that’s more to build on. Brisbane is a big club in itself and we can really build some positive things here.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. PT (Saturday)/1 a.m. ET/7 p.m. NZDT. Here are The Stoppage Time’s predictions for Wellington Phoenix vs. Brisbane Roar.
- Wellington Phoenix will be held scoreless.
- At least four goals will be scored.
- At least 40 fouls will be whistled.
- At least four cards will be issued.
- Henrique will score a brace for Brisbane.
- Brandon Borrello will score for Brisbane.
- Jamie Maclaren will score for Brisbane.
- Glen Moss will make at least four saves for Wellington.
- Jamie Young will make under four saves for Brisbane.
- No goals will be scored in the first 10 minutes.
Brisbane Roar are in form and are on song. They may be on their way to pushing the Wanderers out of contention for the Premiership Plate, but they need to get this result going their way by bolting out of the gates fast. When the Roar are on form, it’s pretty much game over if you try to slow them down. Roar to win.
Brisbane Roar 4, Wellington Phoenix 0