Perth Glory
5
Hyundai A-League
(Sun 16 Apr 2017, 05.00PM LOCAL)
FINAL
Venue: nib Stadium
Fox Sports
ABC
Melbourne City FC
4

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Hyundai A-League preview: Glory v City

Glory has an outside chance of a top-four finish – and thereby host an Elimination Final – but will need to smash City, who are desperate themselves to remain in the top four for that same reason. A rollicking end to the regular season awaits on Sunday.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Perth Glory v Melbourne City FC

nib Stadium, Perth

Kick-Off: 5:00PM (Local) (7:00PM (AEST))

Referee: Peter Green

Assistant Referee 1: David Walsh

Assistant Referee 2: Josh Mannella

Fourth Official: Adam Fielding

Video Assistant RefereeJarred Gillett

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on Fox Sports 505 from 7.00pm (AEST) and Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)

Radio Broadcast: ABC Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live, 1116 SEN (Melbourne)

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Perth Glory squad: 3.Marc WARREN, 5.Rhys WILLIAMS, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 8.Rostyn GRIFFITHS (c), 9.Andy KEOGH, 11.Richard GARCIA, 13.Nick FEELY (gk), 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Brandon WILSON, 16.Joe MILLS, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18.Mitch OXBORROW, 19.Josh RISDON, 22.Adam TAGGART, 26.Lucian GOIAN, 28.Joe KNOWLES, 33.Liam REDDY (gk)

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 3.Marc WARREN (promoted), 28.Joe KNOWLES (promoted)

Perth Glory's Marc Warren and Diego Castro celebrate scoring against Melbourne Victory.

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 2.Alex GRANT (foot – season), 4.Shane LOWRY (quad – season), 10.Nebo MARINKOVIC (groin – 1 week)

Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Thomas SORENSEN (gk), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3.Josh ROSE, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6.Osama MALIK, 8.Neil KILKENNY, 9.Nicolas COLAZO, 10.Anthony CACERES, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 12.Nick FITZGERALD, 14.Daniel ARZANI, 17.Tim CAHILL, 18.Paulo RETRE, 20.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 26.Luke BRATTAN

Ins: 14.Daniel ARZANI (promoted), 21.Ruon TONGYIK (returns from illness)

Ruon Tongyik on the ball during City's 3-2 win over Central Coast Mariners.

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 7.Corey GAMEIRO (ACL – season), 27.Fernando BRANDAN (ACL – season), 28.Steve KUZMANOVSKI (ACL – season)

BLUFFER’S GUIDE

What a compelling finale to the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season.

Both clubs head into the final round with the chance to finish in the top four, although City clearly holds the upper hand and are rightly favoured to retain their top four status. 

Michael Valkanis’ troops are three points clear of Glory and enjoy a seven-goal advantage in goal difference.

Melbourne City players celebrate Bruno Fornaroli's opener against the Mariners on Sunday.

It means the home side will need to win by four goals to leapfrog City and ensure a home Elimination Final the following weekend.

It would appear highly unlikely but as we’ve seen when these clubs have met already this season (remember Fornaroli’s two missed penalties in Round 12?), absolutely anything is possible.

With fourth-placed Brisbane Roar playing just a couple of hours before this one, both sides will know exactly what they need to do by the time they start in the west.

Encouragingly for both teams, they come into this one in winning form.

Glory put a disappointing month behind them with a clinical 3-1 victory over the Roar, while City saw off a stubborn Adelaide United 1-0.

Perth Glory celebrate a goal in their 3-1 win over Brisbane Roar.

It’s all about momentum heading into the finals and – regardless of where they ultimately end up on the ladder – both coaches will crave three points and a strong performance.

OPTA DATA

- There have been 32 goals scored in the last seven games between the Glory and Melbourne City; only once in that span has either team kept a clean sheet.

- Perth Glory are undefeated in their last seven games hosting Melbourne City (W6, D1), keeping four clean sheets in the process.

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ROUTE TO GOAL

It’s no secret where Glory’s main threats lie. The front three of Castro, Keogh and Taggart each have 11 goals to their name, contributing 33 of Perth’s 48 goals in the 2016/17 Season.

Andy Keogh on the ball during Glory's 2-1 win over Wellington Phoenix.

Where City may look to focus in midfield, cutting off the supply to the trio by dominating skipper Rostyn Griffths, Mitch Oxborrow, Richard Garcia and Brandon Wilson – depending on who Lowe opts to deploy in the middle of the park.

City will try to starve Glory of the ball and control the flow of the match. But it’s how they deal with Glory’s quick and direct play on the counter attack which could prove decisive.

The visitors have their own threats as well, most notably Caltex Socceroo striker Tim Cahill.

The 37-year-old talisman lives for the big occasion. Service from wide areas will be pivotal for City with their talisman's incredible threat in the air. 

If the likes of Bruce Kamau and Nicolas Colazo can dominate the battle with their fullbacks Josh Risdon and Joseph Mills, then it will go a long way to a City win.

Tim Cahill celebrates with Nicolas Colazo after scoring in Melbourne City's win over Adelaide United.

The two previous clashes between these two this season has seen 11 goals scored in a 3-3 draw and 3-2 win to Glory.

If we get a similar type of match in this one, we’re in for a ripping 90 minutes of entertainment at nib. 

WHO’S BEEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK?

Melbourne City. The club has the chance to cement third spot to put themselves in prime position for a spot in next year’s AFC Champions League preliminary round. Nothing but a win will do in Perth so the finals have come a week early for Michael Valkanis’ men.

FORM LINES (last five games)

Glory: DLLDW

City: WWLLW

PREDICTION

Perth Glory 2-2 Melbourne City

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Crazy nine-goal thriller in Perth!

A desperate Perth Glory defeated Melbourne City 5-4 on Sunday at nib Stadium to fall agonisingly short of hosting a home Elimination Final in one of the great games of the Hyundai A-League.

The result wasn’t quite enough for Perth to host and they will now travel to Melbourne to play City this weekend at AAMI Park in Elimination Final 2.

After an extravaganza of entertainment in Sunday’s earlier game at Suncorp, another thrilling, end-to-end contest was played out in Perth in front of over 12,000 fans in what was an even better game. 

Glory began like a steam train, hitting the net in the first five minutes as they pushed for a big win to help them host a final, before Tim Cahill restored parity.

Andy Keogh and Chris Harold extended the lead to 3-1 early in the second half as Glory fans urged on their team to score two more.

Andy Keogh rises highest to win a header over the Melbourne City defence.

They got one after Nebo Marinkovic’s first touch was to slam home a trademark set piece to make it 4-1.

But Cahill with his second effectively ended Glory’s brave effort and Nico Colazo iced the cake.

But Glory weren’t finished hitting back with another goal before a brain fade from keeper Liam Reddy let City back into it at 5-4.

What a game. What a Sunday. What a way to finish the regular season!

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GOALS

1-0  Diego Castro Glory 4’

Keogh with a neat ball to set up Adam Taggart who burst into the box, and was adjudged to have been fouled by Neil Kilkenny. Castro stroked it home low to open the scoring.

1-1 Tim Cahill City 21’

Kamau threatened down the right, and he found the Cahill in the box - his low, powerful left foot finish levelled proceedings.

2-1 Andy Keogh, Glory 51’

Castro got on the ball and played it through to Keogh who took the ball onto his right and placed it low past Bouzanis.

3-1 Chris Harold Glory 55’

Josh Risdon with plenty of time to finesse a perfect cross for sub Harold who headed the cross down and into the net.

4-1 Nebo Marinkovic, Glory 75’

Straight off the bench and Nebo finds the top corner with a curling effort. Game on!

Melbourne City's Tim Cahill urges his side on against Glory at AAMI Park.

4-2 Tim Cahill, City 80'

Cahill guided home a low cross to cruel Glory's chances. 

4-3 Nico Colazo, City 84’

The Argentine with a smashing strike. 

5-3 Adam Taggart, Glory 88’

Harold rolled across a low cross for Taggart to tap in at the back

5-4 Nick Fitzgerald, City 84’

Liam Reddy with a brain fade trying to play out, way outside the box, he lost possession and Fitzgerald picked up a loose ball and hit from distance the final goal of the night. Crazy goal on a crazy night!

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