Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar: match preview
Perth Glory kick off their Premiership defence against Robbie Fowler's Brisbane Roar on Sunday evening.
Tony Popovic's side were a cut above the rest over the course of 27 rounds in 2018/19, but fell short at the final hurdle: a penalty shootout defeat to Sydney FC in the Grand Final.
Glory will be hungry to immediately put a stake in the ground, but so too is one of their former players: Premier League legend Fowler, who wore Perth purple and scored nine goals for the club between 2010-2011.
Now at the helm of Brisbane in his first role in full-time coaching, this match marks the beginning of a new chapter for the man known in Liverpool as 'God'. Can he make an immediate first impression?
Sunday 13, October 2019
Kick-off: 6.00 AEDT
Venue: HBF Park
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: My Football App, Kayo Sports
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Perth Glory squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Jacob TRATT, 4.Gregory WUTHRICH, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 8.James MEREDITH, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI, 12.Kim SOO-BEOM 13.Osama MALIK, 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Brandon WILSON, 16.Tomislav MRCELA, 17.Diego CASTRO (c), 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 20.Jake BRIMMER, 27.JUANDE, 29.Kristian POPOVIC, 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 88.Neil KILKENNY **2-4 to be omitted**
Unavailable: 5.Ivan FRANJIC (suspended – 1 week)
Brisbane Roar squad: 1.Max CROCOMBE (gk), 2.Scott NEVILLE, 5.Tom ALDRED (c), 6.Macaulay GILLESPHEY, 7.Jai INGHAM, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 10.Bradden INMAN, 12.Aiden O’NEILL, 13.Stefan MAUK, 15.Aaron REARDON, 20.Aaron AMADI-HOLLOWAY, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Jake MCGING, 23.Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 25.Rahmat AKBARI, 26.Jay O’SHEA **2 to be omitted**
Did you know?
- Brisbane Roar have picked up just one win from their last nine A-League games against Perth Glory at HBF Park (D3, L5), last winning at the venue in April 2018.
- Perth Glory have won only three of their previous 14 Round 1 encounters in the A-League (D4, L7), and are winless in their last four (D2, L2).
- There has been an average of five goals scored per game in Brisbane Roar’s last eight A-League games, with no side managing to keep a clean sheet in that span.