“So give me one more shot tonight
I will tell you if my heart stops beating right
Let me show you that the only thing I know
No matter where we go
I feel just like we did when we connected
-Parade of Lights
The atmosphere at Parramatta Stadium in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia will have an electric feeling as Tony Popovic‘s Western Sydney Wanderers clash with John Aloisi’s Brisbane Roar in the race for top spot in the 2015-16 Hyundai A-League ladder. Western Sydney currently sit behind Melbourne Victory for top spot, with five wins, a draw and two losses (16 points). Brisbane are third on the ladder with four wins, three draws and a defeat (15 points).
One youngster that could be making an impact off the bench is Mario Shabow, who debuted last weekend against the Central Coast Mariners in their 2-0 victory at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, New South Wales.
“To be honest, you can’t explain the feeling,” Shabow said. “I’ve always been a massive Wanderers supporter so to pull on the jersey was such a proud moment for me and my family. I don’t know what was going through my head when I was told I was going on: I was nervous and had a few butterflies so when I was called over I was buzzing.
“I was in love with the Wanderers from then on and have been going to all the games since then, including pre-season. It’s a different feeling from being in the terrace and looking at the players from a distance and I’m enjoying every moment of it.
“I’m training full time with the first team at the moment and I’d love to hopefully get a first team contract for next season and to make the Young Socceroos squad again.”
Right back Jack Hingert is expected to make another start for the Roar this weekend in Parramatta. Hingert has played all eight games so far for Brisbane, and he’s only getting started.
“There’s a lot of good players in this league and a lot of them seem to pop up on the left wing,” Hingert said. “It’s definitely a great test for me. I want to test myself against the best players so I enjoy that.
“It’s been a positive start to the season for me playing every game so far, I’m building in confidence each game. I’m very happy with the opportunities and game time I am getting and hope to build on that throughout the season.”
“We are still creating the chances. We are still sticking to our structures that’s the main thing. If we stopped creating chances that’s when we probably should start to worry a little. A few games we got a draw when we should have gotten three points. We have high expectations of ourselves so we expect nothing less.”
Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 a.m. PT/3:30 a.m. ET/7:30 p.m. AEDT. Here’s what we think will happen between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar.
- At least four goals will be scored.
- At least 40 fouls will be whistled and six cards will be issued.
- A player will be sent off.
- The Poznan will be performed by the Red and Black Bloc.
- Mitch Nichols and Mark Bridge will score for Western Sydney
- Brandon Borrello will record a brace For Brisbane.
- Michael Theo will make at least five saves.
- Andrew Redmayne will make at least three saves.
- Finally, Matt McKay and Dimas will record assists.
This match has all the makings of an electric draw between two evenly matched sides, among the class of the A-League. The home-and-away season is a marathon, and early on, both Western Sydney and Brisbane will continue to jostle for position on the ladder. Somebody bring a live wire.
Western Sydney Wanderers 2, Brisbane Roar 2
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