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A-League: Waddingham form enough to worry Western

Brisbane Roar will be out to keep their faint top-six hopes alive when they take on Western United FC on Friday night.

Following an electric start to the season, Roar looked nailed on for a finals campaign, but have struggled for results since.

They currently sit in eighth spot on the A-League ladder, four points behind sixth, having played a game more than the teams above them.

Roar can be backed at 3.00 to make the top six, but need to finish strongly, and three points against Western is a must.

Western will have to pick themselves up and go again after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against Melbourne Victory on Tuesday night.

They sit rock-bottom of the ladder and are priced at 1.30 to stay there.

WhatBrisbane Roar v Western United
WhereSuncorp Stadium, Brisbane
When19:45 (AEDT), Friday 23rd February 2024
How to watchParamount+
OddsBrisbane Roar 1.95, Draw 3.80, Western United FC 3.25

Roar need to plug leaky defence

Brisbane Roar stunned the A-League with a 5-1 win over Melbourne City, but could not back it up and suffered a 3-2 against Perth Glory next time out.

They got themselves 2-1 in front in that game, but Glory came fighting back to take the points and leave Roar empty-handed.

Conceding goals has been a big issue for Brisbane Roar this season. They have conceded 40, more than any other side, and it is costing them.

They will be up against a Western side who have scored just 16 goals in 17 games, so it remains to be seen if the shaky defence will be tested too much.

Over 2.5 goals in the game can be backed at 1.50, while both teams to score is also available at the same price.

Thomas Waddingham has been the biggest goal threat for Roar when firing home three goals in the last two games and will be keen to add to that tally.

He can be backed at 2.75 to do just that by scoring at anytime.

Western suffer late heartbreak

Just when you thought Western United had suffered enough this season, they managed to throw away three points against Melbourne Victory on Tuesday.

Western were leading 1-0 heading into stoppage time at the end of the game, only for the home side to score two goals and win the game.

The manner of the defeat will have been hard to take and they now need to pick themselves up and go again.

They do have a good record against Roar, however, having lost just one game in the last five against them.

That defeat did come at Suncorp, when they lost there 1-0 last year, but the previous visit did yield a 3-2 victory.

Goals have been few and far between for Western this season, but Daniel Penha and Noah Botic loom as the biggest threats for them.

Penha scored what looked to be the winner against Melbourne Victory and now has a goal in each of the last two games, but he will sit out against Brisbane.

It means the responsibility to score goals will rest heavily on the shoulders of Botic, who is 3.00 to score at anytime.

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