Perth are in a state of despair at the minute and a game back at home in front of the faithful could be just what they need to get their campaign back on track. The Glory have lost five straight games although they were brave in a 3-2 defeat at Suncorp Stadium last round against Brisbane. They have lost 11 matches so far – the worst of any team in the competition – but have more wins than the next three teams above them on the table. The third of those teams is Western Sydney, who travel to Perth looking to bounce back after a humbling 3-nil defeat to title contenders Melbourne Victory. Such is the scrap for places at the bottom of the top six that the Wanderers, who currently occupy the final spot in the six, are just one win in front of Perth who are second last. Josep Gombau’s side were starting to put some points together but running into the Victory showed there is still plenty of work to be done for the Red and Black to be considered title contenders. This will be a big test for Western Sydney as they haven’t been able to win in the west for nearly four years. With this trip being somewhat of a bogey for the visitors, Kenny Lowe’s side won’t get a better opportunity to break their dreaded run of outs.
Key stat: Perth has been outscored 17-4 during their five-match skid.
This is hard to pick because it will depend on which team comes out firing. Perth are backing up from successive road games but the familiar surrounds of nib Stadium may prompt them to charge out of the gates. We are banking on that fact and it’s worth having a few dollars on Chris Harold to open the scoring after his double against the Roar last week.
Key stat: Chris Harold, who registered his only goals of the season so far against Brisbane in Round 17, scored the opener the last time Perth hosted Western Sydney (February 2017).
First Goal Scorer: Chris Harold (Perth)
Value pick: Draw/Perth (half/full double)