Match Preview: Brisbane Roar vs Western United

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Western United will go up north to face Brisbane Roar on Saturday looking to get back on the winner’s list and continue the fight for silverware in the Isuzu UTE A-League Men.

Match Details

Brisbane Roar vs Western United

Saturday, 26 March

Kick-off: 5:05pm AEDT (4:05pm AEST)

Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe

Broadcast: The match will be broadcast live on Paramount+

READ MORE: Last time out – Melbourne Victory 1-1 Western United

Form Guide

Brisbane Roar: LLWWL

Western United: WWLDL

Brisbane Roar have held onto hope of a finals appearance with two straight wins against Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory earlier in the month.

Overall though, Brisbane have won three and lost five in their last eight matches and have only drawn two matches all season as they struggle to turn one goal deficits into important points.

Western United comes into the match in need of a return to winning ways. United had won four games in a row until recently but is now without a victory in the last three games.

John Aloisi’s side has lost just once in its last 11 outings and has ridden a strong run of form since the new year to be right in the mix at the top of the A-League Men table. Aloisi will return to his former side in Brisbane looking to keep that form going.

Previous Meetings

United and Brisbane last met way back in December, with Connor Pain’s solitary goal securing a 1-0 win for the Green and Black in the Round 4 meeting at GMHBA Stadium.

That win has United slightly in front in the head-to-head battle with four wins compared to Brisbane’s two, with no draws between the pair thus far.

United has kept a clean sheet in each of those four successes over Roar and will be looking to do so again to have a strong chance of picking up another three points.

Team News

Aloisi remains unsure of when he will be able to have captain Alessandro Diamanti back in the mix, but he is hopeful that the Italian is close to a return to the side.

Vice-captain Josh Risdon is suspended for the match after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in Wednesday night’s draw with Melbourne Victory.

Leo Lacroix is back from his suspension and will return to the heart of defence, potentially alongside Nikolai Topor-Stanley who will tie Andrew Durante’s all-time A-League Men appearances record if he is selected to play.

Steven Lustica is in line for his 50th appearance for Western United if he is named against his former side.