THE Western Sydney Wanderers will host A-League Premier Plate winners Brisbane Roar at Pirtek Stadium at Parramatta this Saturday night, desperate to put their season back on track.
After losing 2-1 to the Central Coast Mariners at the weekend, the red-and-black team coached by Tony Popovic also surrendered the vital second spot on the ladder to the Gosford club.
Saturday's game, due to start at 7.45pm, is the second-last home-and-away match before the finals.
Popovic's mission this week at training will be to unlock the mystery of his team playing well only in patches.
The Western Sydney team looked to be the one most likely to take the three premiership points against the Mariners on Saturday night. But for most of the second half the Wanderers looked as though they had lost interest in the outcome, especially when they were without the ball.
Popovic told the media after the Mariners game he's been mystified over the team's patchy performances of late.
But he promised to try to turn things around by Saturday's season-defining clash with the Roar.
The Wanderers' last match before the finals will be away against Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park on Saturday, April 12, kick off at 5.30pm.
The Wanderers will make the finals but that second spot looks like being too elusive, unless they can win their last two matches — easier said than done.