Western United v Perth Glory: match preview
After making a dream start to their inaugural Hyundai A-League campaign last weekend, Western United FC will make more history on Saturday with their first-ever home match.
It’s sure to be a special occasion at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong as Mark Rudan’s side take on reigning Premiers Perth Glory.
United’s stars Besart Berisha, Alessandro Diamanti and Panagiotis Kone showed some thrilling signs in their win over Wellington Phoenix and will want to make another early statement to the rest of the competition.
But Tony Popovic’s Glory will provide a nice examination of where new club are at.
Glory were held to a 1-1 draw by Brisbane Roar in their season-opener and they’ll be hungry to start chalking up the wins.
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Saturday, October 19 2019
Kick-off: 5.00pm AEDT
Venue: GMHBA Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505 and ABC TV
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports, ABC iview
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Western United FC squad: 1.Filip KURTO (gk), 2.Aaron CALVER, 3.Brendan HAMILL, 4.Andrew DURANTE, 5.Dylan PIERIAS, 6.Connor CHAPMAN, 8.Panagiotis KONE, 10.Scott McDONALD, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Dario JERTEC, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 14.Max BURGESS, 15.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 17.Joshua CAVALLO, 18.Besart BERISHA, 19.Joshua RISDON, 20.James DELIANOV (gk), 22.Ersan GULUM, 23.Alessandro DIAMANTI (c), 26.Kwabena Appiah-Kubi **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Aaron CALVER (promoted), 3.Brendan HAMILL (promoted)
Unavailable: 7.Valentino Yuel (ankle – 6 weeks), 9.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS (calf – 3 weeks) 25.Luke DUZEL (International Duty)
Perth Glory squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Jacob TRATT, 4.Gregory WUTHRICH, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 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, 27.JUANDE, 28.Gabriel POPOVIC, 29.Kristian POPOVIC, 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 88.Neil KILKENNY **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 5.Ivan FRANJIC (returns from suspension), 14.Chris HAROLD (promoted), 16.Tomislav MRCELA (promoted)
Did you know?
- Western United FC will be looking to become just the second team in A-League history to win their first two games in the competition; Gold Coast United began their tenure with a three-game winning streak in 2009.
- Perth Glory have lost only one of their last seven A-League games in Victoria (W4, D2), and are undefeated in their last four (W2, D2).
- Besart Berisha (Western United FC) has scored 16 goals against Perth Glory in the A-League, the joint-second most of any player against a single opponent in the history of the competition.