Hyundai A-League stats preview: Wanderers v Roar

In a potentially season-defining match, Western Sydney Wanderers play host to Brisbane Roar in a winner-takes-all clash at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night. 

Sixth-placed Roar sit two points clear of Wanderers and can seal a Hyundai A-League Finals Series berth with a win away from home. 

Wanderers, meanwhile, can keep their post-season destiny in their own hands but must secure all three points at the Olympic Stadium.  

The two sides have split the head-to-head meetings so far this season, with Roar winning the first clash in December (2-0) before Wanderers turned the tables in January by the same scoreline. 

Interestingly, the away team emerged victorious in both those fixtures.  

In fact, Roar will take comfort from their impressive recent record against Wanderers in Sydney, having lost just twice in eight clashes with the Red and Black (W3, D3). 

Check out some of the other key stats and facts ahead of this crucial clash. 

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  • Western Sydney Wanderers will be looking for back-to-back wins against Brisbane for the first time since they won their first ever four meetings against them across 2012 and 2013.
  • The Wanderers have been kept goalless in six of their previous 11 games at ANZ Stadium, although they did manage to score four against Wellington Phoenix last time out there (4-0).
  • Brisbane Roar have lost just one of their last seven games played away from home, and are unbeaten in their last four (W3, D1).
  • The Wanderers have enjoyed 54% possession this campaign, the second most of any team in the competition.
  • Brisbane Roar will play their 350th A-League game; they’ve played more games than any other team in the history of the competition.
  • Oriol Riera has scored eight goals within the opening half hour of games this season, no other player has scored more than five (Mierzejewski).
  • Massimo Maccarone has made 122 touches in the opposition box this campaign, the second-most of any player in the competition.
Nikolai Topor-Stanley; Massimo Maccarone