Brisbane Roar have won two championships in the last three years but such has been the closeness of the games that they have never lead once during the regulation ninety minutes of play. What sort of drama will be served up this Sunday when they host the Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium?
It will be the final game for both Besart Berisha and Shinji Ono at their respective clubs. Ono has been a fantastic ambassador in his two seasons at the Wanderers and Berisha has been a goal scoring machine and a lightning rod for controversy. The last time these two teams met was in the semi final of last years competition when the Wanderers won two nil.
This season the Roar have had the greater consistency, finishing top of the table by a whopping ten points. However, the Wanderers, to their credit, not only finished second in the table but also juggled Asian Champions League duties and have qualified for the Round of 16. They travel to Japan to play San Frecce Hiroshima just three days after the Grand Final.
Whatever happens, it should be a great occasion. Personally, I look forward to Sunday with great anticipation. The Wanderers have some of the best fans in the league and they’re anticipating up to 8,000 of them will be traveling to Brisbane which should help creating a fantastic atmosphere for the game. The Grand Final is nearly a sellout with just a few days left and over 50,000 expected to attend.
It’ll be a pleasure watching Besart Berisha for one last time in the orange and black. Watching him torment and demolish other defenses in the last three years has been a pleasure. Lets hope he can do it one last time for his swan song.
That montage of Berisha’s goals is certainly interesting. Are you sure the maker didn’t replay the same goal 30 times and photoshop different people around him??!
Shows what a good reader of the game he is and the ability to lose defenders off the ball to put himself in the right place so often for the simpler finishes. Not really any goal in there that you’d say “Wow! Goal of the season contender there!” They’re all about the build up that you don’t see in the highlights so it makes me wonder if Muscat can get the same results with him at Victory as Ange and Mulvey have. I have a suspicion that the answer is ‘no’. Well I damn hope it is anyway!!
Yeah it remains to be seen whether Berisha will get the service necessary to excel at the Victory. But they have a pretty solid midfield nowadays compared to 2 seasons ago.
I am already nervous about tomorrow 🙁