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One Last Wander Into Roar

  • One Last Wander Into Roar

It's undoubtedly the most difficult task any A-League club has been faced with at any point this season.

Traveling to a packed Suncorp Stadium to face a Brisbane Roar team that has all but cruised to the top of the table in a season reminiscent of their form which saw them go undefeated for 36 consecutive matches.

But if there is one team in the league that could pull of such a fantastical trick, it is the Western Sydney Wanderers.

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The halfway mark of 2013/14 seemed to tell us that the Wanderers were struggling under the duress of second year syndrome. The battle to remain in the Top Six was one that raged all season and it seemed it was slowly taking it's toll on the Western Sydney club.

Everything changed when the Asian Champions League began. The Wanderers have since become the only Australian team to qualify for the knockout stage of the competition this season and their form in the ACL seemingly spurred on a revival at the A-League level.

Now they are faced with the toughest of tasks. The tale of the tape certainly leans in the advantage of the Wanderers. Just once (yes, once) in seven matches have Brisbane Roar managed to defeat the men in red and black, and while that victory may have come at Suncorp Stadium the Wanderers enjoy a 2-1 record when playing at 'The Cauldron'.

But the stats go out the window. It's Grand Final time and both of these teams are in irresistable form. The loss of Mark Bridge could prove poignant in the Wanderers offense, but the controversial rotation policy of Tony Popovic was designed with this exact situation in mind and Labinot Haliti will undoubtedly do his team and supporters proud.

Regardless of the result, we are in for one of the best A-League Grand Finals of all time.

Can the Wanderers win their maiden title, or will the Roar roll on to add to their illustrious trophy cabinet?

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