The league leaders head over to Perth looking to continue their recent good form against the Glory in the last of a triple treat on Super Saturday.
Sydney FC showed once again why they are the hardest team to beat in
the league when they produced something out of nothing to snatch a draw against Melbourne City last week, continuing their unbeaten 10-game start to the season.
Perth are now in the category as one of the more underwhelming teams in the competition after suffering a shock 2-1 loss at home to Newcastle in Round 9.
KENNY’S FEELING LOW
Perth coach Kenny Lowe doesn’t have the best record when Sydney FC come to town.
The Englishman is yet to taste victory against Sydney in Perth and has one draw and two losses in his three home matches against the Sky Blues. Making things worse is that his side has only scored once during this span.
Sydney coach Graham Arnold said his team were trying to harness inspiration from Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ of 2003-04 when his team registered six straight wins to the start the season. Although they have only won once since then, they have drawn three times to remain unbeaten in the league and six points clear of the chasing pack.
Held scoreless just once in the league this season, Sydney FC are the best attacking (2.1 goals per game) and defensive (0.4gpg) outfit in the comp and won’t be concerned with traveling over to nib Stadium which is a venue they have won two of their last three visits at while the other result was a draw.
Sydney FC has taken the points against the Glory in four of their last six games with the last two encounters yielding a collective score of 8-1 in their favour. These teams met just a few weeks ago in Round 6 at Allianz Stadium where Sydney blew the Glory away 4-1, however, Glory started far better than the hosts but failed to take their chances. Once Sydney did, the floodgates opened.
HOW IT PANS OUT
Perth has some serious problems in defence. Leaking 1.9 goals per game has seen them with the equal second-worst defence in the competition alongside WSW, with only Central Coast’s 20 being worse. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and the capitulation in the second half of their opening round game against Central Coast, when leading 3-0 only to draw 3-3 at the finish at home, was a sign of things to come for the Glory. In 10 rounds of competition they have kept just one clean sheet and that was against Wellington in Round 2.
Sydney FC, on the other hand, have kept six clean sheets thanks to some marvelous efforts from Danny Vukovic and his defenders while scoring hasn’t been an issue either as their only scoreless efforts were in the FFA Cup Final and against Adelaide in Round 9.
THE TIP: SYDNEY FC – Perth has only won once since Round 3.
TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER 2.5: