The two best teams from the regular season, the Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers, meet in the Grand Final on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
Brisbane won their two Grand Finals in 2012 and 2011 at Suncorp and while home advantage is exactly that for the Queensland side, a 9 and 4 home record illustrates that they are by no means completely dominant at home.
Western Sydney’s away record in the regular season also reads a mixed bag of won 5, lost 4, drew 5.
The two teams have met 7 times with the Wanderers winning 4 with 2 drawn and Brisbane winning just once.
Most recently the teams met in round 26 in Sydney when the match ended up all square at 1-1.
The stats from this game highlight just how differently these two sides go about things on the pitch with Brisbane dominating possession with 62.1%, successfully completing 469 of their 572 passes (82%) while WSW attempted 328, completing 244 at 74%.
Tony Popovic, the WSW coach, will be happy enough to let Brisbane play their passing game in the middle of the pitch as long as his team can keep their shape for when the Roar try to move the ball into the final third of the pitch.
In WSW’s last 3 A League matches they had 40.7, 41.5 and 37.9% of possession but still managed 14, 17 and 20 shots. Their counter attacking style of play is one we are seeing more and more of, not just in the A League but also in the major European leagues.
Brisbane’s last 3 matches saw them with an average of 59.3% possession but only 9, 14 and 15 shots, an average of 12.7, 4.3 shots on average fewer than the Wanderers.