Brisbane Roar fan favourite Henrique says home advantage & the support of his home fans will be key as his side welcome Western Sydney Wanderers to Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
The Roar are chasing consecutive Hyundai A-League wins on Friday night following a stunning 5-3 victory over Central Coast Mariners in their last outing.
Henrique said the side is looking to build on that performance as the season enters the home stretch.
“We had a game plan to score a lot of goals, obviously we conceded but that’s what we’ve been working on this week, not conceding as many goals and keep scoring," Henrique said.
“It’s been a very good week of training, everybody’s enjoying it, so we’re looking forward to having another good game and doing our to get three points.”
Friday’s match is the Roar's first back at Suncorp Stadium since last month's 2-1 victory over defending premiers Sydney FC.
Henrique said his side were buzzing to be back out on home turf, as they look to better the two draws played out against the Wanderers this season.
“Everyone’s very excited to be back at home after a very good week of training - hopefully we can get the job done.”
The Brazilian, who is just four goals shy of breaking Besart Berisha’s record to become the Club's all-time top scorer, says the history between the two sides added extra incentive ahead of Friday’s clash.
“It should be a very good game. There’s history between the two sides with grand finals and plenty of big games so everyone’s looking forward to it, I think it’s going to be another great game," Henrique continued.
Hyundai A-League 2018/19 - Round 21: Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Friday, 8 March (6:50pm KO QLD time)
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1.Brendan WHITE (gk), 4.Daniel BOWLES, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 11.Eric BAUTHEAC, 12.Ruon TONGYIK, 14.Alex LOPEZ, 15.Stefan NIGRO, 16.Charles LOKOLI-NGOY, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 18.Joe CALETTI, 21.Jamie YOUNG, 22.Tobias MIKKELSEN, 23.Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, 33.HENRIQUE, 36.Daniel LECK, 38.Izaack POWELL, 92.Eli BABALJ **two to be omitted**
Ins: 15.Stefan NIGRO (promoted), 18.Joe CALETTI (promoted), 92.Eli BABALJ (new signing)
Outs: 2.Dane INGHAM (foot)
Unavailable: 3.Luke DEVERE (knee), 10.Brett HOLMAN (knee), 13.Stefan MAUK (groin), 19.Jack HINGERT (knee), 24.Connor O’TOOLE (broken leg)
Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 3.Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, 5.Brendan HAMILL (c), 9.Oriol RIERA, 10.Alex BAUMJOHANN, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 12.Mitchell DUKE, 13.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 14.Mathieu CORDIER, 17.Keanu BACCUS, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Rashid MAHAZI, 27.Kwame YEBOAH, 28.Roly BONEVACIA, 33.Tate RUSSELL, 50.Jack GREENWOOD (gk), 49.Abraham MAJOK **two to be omitted**
Ins: 3.Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO (promoted), 5.Brendan HAMILL (returns from suspension), 27.Kwame YEBOAH (returns from injury), 50.Jack GREENWOOD (promoted).
Outs: 40.Nick SUMAN (injury – 1 week), 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY (injury – remainder of the season).
Unavailable: 4.Josh RISDON (injury – 3 weeks), 18.Marc TOKICH (injury – 3 weeks).