Travel factor versus short turnaround at play in this one. This is a stiff challenge for an under-manned Brisbane to have to back-up on a Thursday night after only last playing on Sunday night. It was a disappointing last outing from Brisbane, too, losing at home to an out-of-form Melbourne Victory in stifling conditions that are sure to take a toll on the home side’s legs. Perth, meanwhile, continues to frustrate, but at least it got the right result at home to Wellington last weekend. The Glory has the talent on its roster but is still a few weeks away from getting the entire band back together, with the likes of Andy Keogh and Adam Taggart still injured. On the evidence of a blistering display against the Phoenix, Diego Castro appears to be back to full fitness, which should sound alarm bells for any upcoming opponents.
3 KEY POINTS
- Impressive PERTH young gun Jacob Italiano will miss the trip east as he heads to Germany to complete a deal with a Bundesliga club
- PERTH’S win against Wellington last week lifted it back inside the A-League top six
- BRISBANE has won just one game at Suncorp Stadium this season
- Perth has only won two of its 18 games at Suncorp Stadium, with Brisbane winning 12 of those encounters.
- Despite being Round 12 this is the first time these sides have met this season.
- Last season these teams split their three games, with one win apiece. The most recent clash saw Perth win 3-1 at nib Stadium in April.
- These sides are evenly matched and both have lengthy injury lists. Perth has to travel, but Brisbane has had just a four-day break. All of these factors may cancel each other out and result in a stalemate.
DRAW / DRAW
- Tough to separate these sides. Expect it to go down to the wire.
- It’s not fun to predict a goalless draw, but both sides have struggled to find the back of the net with any sort of regularity.
TOTAL GOALS OVER OR UNDER
- It could be a drab Thursday night in Brisbane with few quarters given by either side. Perth has scored more than one goal in just one of its last five games while Brisbane has posted a score just once in its last four.