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Tough Task for Roar

Its finals time now in the A-League and the Queensland Roar have a tough task to stop an all NSW grand final for the second time in three years.

Last week I had tipped the Roar to go and get the minor premiership and hence bring the Asian Champions League to Suncorp but they just fizzled out before Adelaide United and in the end finished fourth on the ladder.

Despite finishing fourth one thing in their favour is that they get to play the second leg at home and that could bring them an advantage but it also brings with it a lot of pressure before your home fans.

But playing the second leg away may not be as bad as it sounds for a team like Sydney who went through the regular season without losing away. If they can continue that streak then they can certainly overcome the Roar at home or at least hold them for a draw.

The Roar will be without Danny Tiatto for both matches after he got a two match suspension in the match against Adelaide.

One thing for certain though is the fact that the final will be in Sydney and the home team will be either Central Coast or Newcastle. I think its a good decision to bring the final to a bigger stadium because that will allow a lot of people to watch the final instead of just a few.

But the question is what happens if say Adelaide where to host the grand final. They have a small stadium at Hindmarsh and so will be the match then be moved to Football Park or to the cricket ground? The Jets and the Mariners are evenly poised because its hard to see who might emerge the winner in this contest. The Jets have just won their last two matches and are therefore on a good run but the Mariners main problem lately has been their defence and if they can get that sorted they could on their way to the second final in three years.

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