Punters have been served up a potential finals clash in the last game of ‘Super Saturday’ in the A-league.
Perth have started to click and are putting some of the teams higher up the ladder on notice with some sensational football over the past six weeks, even though they drew last week with Brisbane.
The Wanderers, as inconsistent as they have been, were great last week in ending Sydney FC’s unbeaten run at ANZ Stadium.
Coach Kenny Lowe has found the key to the Glory in the past six weeks.
His side has been racking up some serious scores during this time in which they have notched three wins and two draws and averaged 2.33 goals per game. The only stumble here was a shock 2-0 loss to the Mariners on the Central Coast.
Since the start of 2017 the Glory have played some attractive football at nib Stadium where they have scored nine goals in four games and won three of their games.
ON THE UP?
Tony Popovic’s men played their best game of the season to knock off Sydney FC last week in an upset 1-0 result at ANZ Stadium.
Although the finish, in which Sydney were denied a clear penalty claim, was controversial there were plenty of positive signs for the Red and Blacks that they could finally be coming good.
We thought the same thing three weeks ago when they belted the Phoenix but then lost to the Mariners.
Western Sydney have traded wins and losses over the past five weeks but they can lift once again for the trip to Perth after such a high last weekend?
Western Sydney will fancy their chances here as they haven’t been beaten by Perth in their past five clashes.
They have played twice already this season with a draw produced both times.
Early goals have been the trend in both those games with their first clash seeing the score 1-1 after just five minutes, while in the return bout at ANZ on New Year’s Day Perth had opened the scoring inside 15 minutes. SPORTSBET’S Time Of First Goal By Time Interval market has between the 11th and 20th minute paying $4.33.
The advantage definitely sits with Perth on this one.
It won’t be easy for the Wanderers to pick themselves up after such a high last week, however, Popovic will drum it into them that they now have their destiny in their own hands when it comes to the finals. They are in sixth spot and just four points behind Perth.
Just three days after beating Sydney FC, Wanderers fans were brought back down to earth when they were thumped 4-0 at home in an Asian Champions League group match. Now a trip to Perth beckons so a trip across the Nullarbor definitely won’t be easy.
Perth played a different style of game when they traveled to Sydney nearly two months ago to play the Wanderers. They generally sat back and defended as the Wanderers pelted them.
They are a far more confident outfit now and with Diego Castro playing in peak form they will definitely pose a threat to the Wanderers defence, who it must be said, have kept consecutive clean sheets going into this.
THE TIP: PERTH GLORY
TIME OF FIRST GOAL: 11MIN TO 20MIN
1st GOALSCORER: ADAM TAGGART – the Glory hitman has scored seven goals in the opening 15 mins of games this season – clearly the best of any player in the competition