Perth Glory take on Melbourne City this Sunday at nib Stadium, and the stakes couldn’t be higher for either team.
Glory and City need to round off their campaigns with two victories, and with both sides facing each other in Round 26, it's bound to be a fiercely contested match. It’s Keogh vs Fornaroli, Castro vs Mooy, Lowe vs Van’t Schip; and we can’t wait for it!
We kick off against City at 5pm WST on Sunday evening; get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1iXHvKf
Here's why you should be at the game this weekend!
1. Expect a high-scoring match.
The stats say it all; neither team wants a draw, both teams have arguably the league’s best strikers (Keogh & Fornaroli) and creators (Castro & Mooy), and the last three clashes between the sides have averaged almost 5 goals per game!
2. We've won 9 of our last 10 matches.
Our red hot form has included a 6-1 thrashing of Newcastle Jets, 4-0 drubbing of Central Coast Mariners and of course, that record smashing 6-3 win over Brisbane Roar in Round 20.
3. A home final is on the line.
A Glory win this Sunday would put the fate of fourth place in our own hands when we take on Sydney FC in Round 27; where we would be one point behind City and at most three points behind Adelaide, who face each other in the final round of the season.
4. We can confirm finishing the season above Melbourne Victory.
And let’s be honest, as West Australians, there’s nothing better than beating a Victorian team, so getting the better of two on the same night would be awesome.
5. Glory could destroy City's chance at their first title.
It’s the first team City has sat at the summit of the table with two rounds of A-League action yet, and Glory could tear that all away with a strong performance on Sunday.
6. Andy Keogh is making history, Jamie Vardy-style.
We all know the exploits of Leicester City's Vardy scoring 11 games in a row in the English Premier League. Well Andy Keogh is about to do the same; he’s found the back of the net in 7 consecutive matches, equalling the Hyundai A-League record of Austrian Mark Janko and could be the outright holder of the record if he scores against Melbourne City (a team he’s undefeated against, but hasn’t scored in four attempts).
7. The returning Socceroos are in action.
Perth Glory’s Josh Risdon and Melbourne City’s Aaron Mooy return from Socceroos duty after both players shined against Jordan on Tuesday night; and both will be determined to get the win over each other.
8. Battle of the free-kick kings.
It’s our specialists Nebojsa Marinkovic & Mitch Oxborrow against Aaron Mooy & Harry Novillo this Sunday, and all four players have dropped some serious fire from set piece situations this season.
9. Fornaroli comes to his bogey ground.
City striker Bruno Fornaroli has had an exceptional A-League season, banging in 22 games in 25 games. However nib Stadium remains the only arena in the A-League that the Uruguayan has visited twice and failed to score, and the only ground in Australia he’s yet to score at.
10. Ticket sales help local clubs around Perth.
For our last home game of the season, we’re giving back $5 from each ticket sold to local football clubs in our Cashback for Clubs Promotion. Want to help your club out? Purchase your ticket to the game using your club’s special code.
11. Diego Castro is simply a phenomenon.
Seriously, if you haven’t seen this guy play, you’re missing out. Scoring against Real Madrid less than a year ago for Getafe, ‘El Maestro’ has scored 12 goals as an attacking midfielder this season and is right up there to win the Johnny Warren Medal this season.
12. Krisztian Vadocz is in fine form too.
And yes, he also has scored against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu before! The ex-Osasuna midfielder has made the last two A-League Teams of the Week and his match-up against the mercurial Mooy in midfield will be exciting to say the least.
13. Attendance records could crumble.
Our record crowd this season has been 12,156 against Brisbane Roar and we’re eager to smash that this weekend.
14. We''re finals ready.
We’ve done the hard yards to qualify for the Hyundai A-League Finals, we’ve got momentum rolling and we’ve got the best supporters in the league in full voice. We’re the team no one wants to play and we’re ready to make history.
C’mon you Glory boys!
Join us when we take on Melbourne City; purchase your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1iXHvKf
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