League Betting Preview: Finals Week 1 Odds, Trends, Analysis

Forward Brendon Santalab

Brisbane Roar will battle Melbourne Victory for a spot in the A-League decider after beating Western Sydney on penalties in an epic elimination final on Friday night.

"The are 25,000 are expected to pile into the Suncorp hoping to taste more success than in the same fixture a year ago, in which Broich's road surrending an early three goal advantage to lose 5-4 through a Dario Vidosic extra-time tap in from five yards".

"I'm heartbroken", Santalab, clearly emotional, told Fox Sports after the game.

They booked game against the Melbourne Victory in the next round of the finals.

In some ways we should have known it would end with late drama at Suncorp Stadium.

"That hurt that night because we wanted to go to the grand final, and, you know, it hurt in the off-season, but it just drove us more in pre-season that we want to go to the grand final", Aloisi said.

"But we know how they play and we do match up well against them".

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Jamie Young would be the hero for the home side, coming on in the first half of extra time to replace first-choice keeper Michael Theo, who injured his leg in a collision with Terry Antonis and will miss the remaining finals matches.

While Roar also created chances, the Wanderers were on top with Kearyn Baccus hitting the side-netting when left free at a corner before Martinez forced another fine stop from Theo.

It looked as if Western Sydney's dominance would go without reward before Avram Papadopoulos felled Santalab in the box on the stroke of halftime.

Key: Fornaroli. Cahill has stolen the headlines this season but the Uruguayan ended Perth's season previous year with an elimination final double and will be crucial again on Sunday.

Jamie Maclaren (obscured) is congratulated by Brisbane Roar teammates after scoring a second-half goal to tie the game. They eventually equalised in the 55th minute after Jamie Maclaren found himself in the ideal position to tap home the goal.

From then on Broich and Borrello were inspired but it was the goalkeepers who hogged the spotlight. He scored twice last week and is $6 to be the first goalscorer in this match. Vedran Janjetovic saved Brett Holman's strike before Borello was denied on the line by a desperate Scott Neville.

In the first half of extra time, Young entered the fray as Theo limped off following a clash with Antonis and in his first action, the reserve gloveman parried Santalab's rasping drive over the bar. Seconds after he came on, he was shown a yellow card for a foul on Brandon Borrello. Melbourne City and Perth Glory met in the final round of the season at nib Stadium last weekend and the result was one of the most freakish games in the A-League's 12-year history; it ended 5-4 in Perth's favour.

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