History books don't scare Wanderers before final

Hear us roar: Labinot Haliti scores during the Western Sydney Wanderers versus Brisbane Roar game in February. Picture: Brendan Esposito

Hear us roar: Labinot Haliti scores during the Western Sydney Wanderers versus Brisbane Roar game in February. Picture: Brendan Esposito

PLAYERS and coach are adamant the Western Sydney Wanderers are ready to win their first A-League championship on Sunday, but history is against them.

The Wanderers must beat premiership winners Brisbane Roar on their home turf to claim the title.

The Roar have already won two A-League titles at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane (2011, 2012) and history says it's almost impossible to win an A-League grand final on an opposition's home turf.

Of the eight grand finals played in the A-League, only Sydney FC (2010) has gone to an opponent's home ground to win the title, against Melbourne Victory.

But the Wanderers won't be worried by that.

Despite losing at Suncorp earlier this season, the men from western Sydney defeated the Roar twice up north in their inaugural season last year.

Coach Tony Popovic says his men are going into this year's decider with a lot more confidence after their defeat in the 2013 grand final against the Mariners.

"Are we better placed this time? Yes, I think we are," Popovic said.

Goalkeeper Ante Covic backed up his coach, saying the Wanderers learned some valuable lessons from last season's championship loss.

"We are going to be better placed this time around," he said.

"We expected to win that grand final, but this time we know you can't just expect to turn up and win. You have to earn it."

Diehard Wanderers supporter Tim Cuff was also feeling as confident as the Wanderers men.

"It's going to be a top-notch game and I've been waiting for ages for this," he said.

The game kicks off on Sunday at 4pm in Brisbane.

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