There should be some added spice to Western United FC’s home clash with Brisbane Roar in Ballarat on Sunday in the final match of Round 19.
There was a dramatic post-script to their only previous meeting in December – a 2-0 win to United – which lead to a war of words between coaches Mark Rudan and Robbie Fowler.
Fowler told Rudan to ‘take a good look at himself’ after the ex-Phoenix boss criticised the Roar coach for not shaking hands at full-time.
The battle of the coaches is another sub-plot to a huge clash for both sides that has finals ramifications.
Roar leapfrogged Western United into the top six with their 2-1 win over Adelaide United last weekend, meaning they have lost just one of their last seven games.
United head into this one after a bye last weekend, with their most recent game a goalless draw against struggling Newcastle Jets in Round 17.
Which one of these sides will be in the top six come full-time at Mars Stadium?
Sunday, 16 February 2020
Kick-off: 4pm AEDT
Venue: Mars Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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TBC on Thursday
Did you know?
- There have been 18 total goals scored in Western United FC’s last four Hyundai A-League games at home; with Mark Rudan’s side outscoring their opponents 10-8 in that time.
- Each of Brisbane Roar last four Hyundai A-League games have been 0-0 at halftime; however, the Queensland side have gone on to win three times in that span (L1).
- Robbie Fowler’s Roar have scored 13 goals within the final half-hour of games this Hyundai A-League season, more than any other team in the competition.
- Western United FC skipper Alessandro Diamanti has made 74 successful long passes this Hyundai A-League season, the most of any outfield player in the competition.
Source: Football Network