Western Sydney Wanderers v Perth Glory: match preview
Perth Glory can break a club record with a sixth straight victory if they take care of out-of-form Western Sydney Wanderers as Round 15 draws to a close this Sunday (kick off 6.30pm AEDT).
Tony Popovic's reigning Premiers have surged into third position courtesy of a club record-equalling five straight wins and will have eyes for all three points against a Wanderers outfit smarting from back-to-back defeats against Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix.
The Red and Black have secured just one win from 10 matches – a 3-2 victory over Adelaide United on December 27 – and face an almighty test if they are to overturn the form book at Bankwest Stadium.
Popovic's return to Western Sydney adds another element of intrigue to a contest the Wanderers, and under pressure coach Markus Babbel, simply must gain a result from to give their season a kick.
Western Sydney Wanderers v Perth Glory
Sunday, 19 January 2020
Kick off: 6.30pm AEDT
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports
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Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Daniel LOPAR (GK), 4.Dylan MCGOWAN, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Matthew JURMAN, 7.Mitchell DUKE (c), 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 9.Nicolai MULLER, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 16.Mathieu CORDIER, 19.Pirmin SCHWEGLER, 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Nicholas SULLIVAN, 23.Kosta GROZOS, 27.Kwame YEBOAH, 31.Noah PAGDEN, 33.Tate RUSSELL, 34.Patrick ZIEGLER, 35.Mohamed ADAM, 40.Nicholas SUMAN (GK), 52.Mohamed AL-TAAY.
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY (promoted), 11.Bruce KAMAU (promoted), 16.Mathieu CORDIER (promoted), 52.Mohamed AL-TAAY (promoted)
Outs: 59.Dean PELEKANOS (not selected), 62.Ali AUGLAH (not selected)
Unavailable: 10.Radoslaw MAJEWSKI (knee), 13.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS (international duty), 17.Keanu BACCUS (international duty), 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (shoulder), 29.Daniel WILMERING (knee)
Perth Glory squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Jacob TRATT, 4.Gregory WUTHRICH, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 8.James MEREDITH, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI, 12.Kim SOO-BEOM, 16.Tomislav MRCELA, 17.Diego CASTRO (c), 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 20.Jake BRIMMER, 23.Dane INGHAM, 27.JUANDE, 28.Gabriel POPOVIC, 29.Kristian POPOVIC, 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 88.Neil KILKENNY
**1-3 to be omitted**
Ins: 27.JUANDE (returns from injury)
Unavailable: 6.Dino DJULBIC (ankle – indefinite), 13.Osama MALIK (hamstring – 1 week), 18.Nicholas D’AGOSTINO (international duty)
Did you know?
- Perth Glory have lost just one of their last 10 Hyundai A-League matches against Western Sydney (won four, drawn five) and are unbeaten in the last six of that stretch.
- Perth Glory have won their last five Hyundai A-League matches on the bounce, keeping four clean sheets in that run – a sixth consecutive victory would be a new club record.
- Western Sydney have trailed at half-time in just two of their last 13 Hyundai A-League (leading twice and level nine times). However, they have gone on to win only four of those 13 games (drawing two and losing seven).
- The Wanderers have produced the most headed shots (excluding blocks) of any team this Hyundai A-League season with 35, four more than Perth Glory.
- Only Brisbane Roar's Jay O'Shea (405) has had more successful passes in opposition territory this Hyundai A-League season that Perth Glory trio Diego Castro (402), Neil Kilkenny (389) and Juande (348).