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Wanderers still have much to offer: Aloisi

AAP logoAAP 22/12/2016 Vince Rugari

Results might not say so but Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi reckons the Western Sydney Wanderers remain a potent A-League threat.

Despite coach Tony Popovic's continued pleasure with their performances, the Wanderers are struggling for consistency and have won just once in their last nine outings - while the Roar are undefeated in their last nine and have not lost at home for close to 12 months.

They have the opportunity to pile more hurt on Western Sydney in Friday night's clash at Suncorp Stadium, and Aloisi has vowed to show no mercy.

"I'm not sure whether they're feeling pressure or not, we can't worry about that. They're a good side, they've got very good players going forward," Aloisi said.

"If you give them space or time, they'll hurt you.

"We're playing at home, we know we're strong at home, we'll be taking the game to the Wanderers and try to keep them on the back foot and play to our ability."

The Roar were held to a 1-1 draw the last time they faced the Wanderers, four weeks ago at Spotless Stadium.

Midfielder Thomas Kristensen was absent on that occasion due to a hamstring injury and it showed, with Brisbane's disjointed midfield and defence opening the door for a second-half Jumpei Kusukami equaliser.

The 33-year-old former Danish international has since emerged as one of the A-League's form players after a string of brilliant displays.

"In the start, everyone talked a lot about comparing me to Corona and that has died out a little bit in the last couple of weeks, so of course, I must be doing something right," Kristensen said.

No major changes are expected from the Roar, but it's likely Thomas Broich will be elevated to the starting side after coming off the bench to provide the assist for Jamie Maclaren's winner last week against Central Coast.

For the Wanderers, striker Kerem Bulut (ankle) is out, former Roar midfielder Steven Lustica (ankle) is unlikely and utility Shannon Cole is considered a touch-and-go proposition but centre-back Robert Cornthwaite is available for selection after getting through a match for Western Sydney's youth team unscathed last week.

STATS THAT MATTER

* There have been 16 goals scored in the last three iterations of this fixture, with each team notching one win and a draw across that period.

* Brisbane Roar have won four of their last five home games against Western Sydney Wanderers and these teams have never drawn when playing each other at Suncorp Stadium.

* Jamie Maclaren has scored five goals in his last three games against Western Sydney Wanderers, bagging two braces and the first goal of the game twice.

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