Five players ruled out

Perth Glory Coach Dave Mitchell has confirmed 5 star players will miss Sunday’s top four clash against Sydney FC at Parramatta Stadium.

Perth Glory Coach Dave Mitchell has confirmed 5 star players will miss Sunday-s top four clash against Sydney FC at Parramatta Stadium.

Tando Velaphi, captain Jacob Burns, Mile Sterjovski, Adriano Pellegrino and Viktor Sikora have all been ruled out because of injury.

“That-s the good thing about having a little bit of depth while the players have been injured the balance has still been good.

“Going into the game the boys hold no fears,” Mitchell said.

All five players are expected to be fit for next weeks match against Brisbane Roar but with the finals approaching a “no risk” approach was taken.

It-s the second time in five weeks Perth meet Sydney, after the two sides drew 0-0 at ME Bank Stadium on January 4.

“I spoke to Vitezslav after the game and he conceded they were on the back foot. We had chance after chance but just couldn-t finish them off.

“They-ve got one of the best defences in the league and it-s not by coincidence they are close to the top of the league so it will be a difficult task for us but one we are going into with confidence.”

Sunday-s game will also be an “away” game for Sydney with the match not at their traditional home ground the Sydney Football Stadium, but Mitchell does not see that as an advantage.

“No, not really, I believe there is going to be a bigger crowd, it-s actually a better Football stadium, quite tight and with a good surface so that wont affect us or them so we-ll both go out there with the intent to try and win the game.”

With four wins and a draw since Boxing Day, the Glory are now in fourth spot on the Hyundai A-League table.

“I think players are eager to play and looking forward to playing and when you-ve been winning the confidence grows within the team.

“Their is good harmony and we are pretty buoyant going into the game and as I say fourth spot is up for grabs now so it-s a big incentive for us.”

But Mitchell is not getting looking to far ahead and the possibility of third spot.

“No. Third spot is for Sydney to lose. Obviously we-d have to beat them and then they-d have to lose their last game and then we-ll need to win both our games which is well within the realms of reality but we are looking at that fourth spot because that-s the one that is certainly within our reach.”

Sunday 7 February 2010 Sydney FC v Perth Glory Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Local Kick-Off: 5.00pm AEDST Referee: Chris Beath

Live & exclusive broadcast on Fox Sports 1HD & 1 and Sky Sport 1. Hyundai A-League club broadcast partner is SBS Digital Radio 6. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au

Sydney FC Squad: 1.Clint BOLTON (gk), 3.Stephan KELLER, 4.Simon COLOSIMO, 6.Karol KISEL, 7.Brendan GAN, 8.Stuart MUSIALIK, 9.John ALOISI, 10.Steve CORICA (c), 12.Shannon COLE, 14.Alex BROSQUE, 15.Terry MCFLYNN, 16.Chris PAYNE, 20.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 22.Sung-Hwan BYUN, 23. Rhyan GRANT, 26 Hayden FOXE one to be omitted In: Nil Out: Mark BRIDGE (Toe - 3 weeks) Unavailable: Kofi DANNING (knee - season), Matthew JURMAN (foot - season), Sebastian RYALL (knee - 2 weeks)

Perth Glory Squad: 20.Aleks VRTESKI (gk), 2.Danny McBreen, 3.Jamie COYNE, 4.Andy TODD, 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 6.Chris COYNE, 10. Wayne SRHOJ, 11. Branko JELIC, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 13.Scott BULLOCH, 14.Steven McGARRY, 17.Todd HOWARTH, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 23.Andrija JUKIC, 28. Tommy AMPHLETT, 30. Alex PEARSON (gk) one to be omitted

In:Wayne SRHOJ (returns from injury), Branko JELIC (promoted)

Out: Adriano PELLEGRINO (knee - 1 week)

Unavailable: Viktor SIKORA (thigh - 1 week), Jacob BURNS (hamstring - 1 week), Tando VELAPHI (quad - 1 week), Adriano PELLEGRINO (knee - 1 week), Mile STERJOVSKI (back - 1 week)

Head-to-Head: All matches (played 14): Sydney FC wins 4, Perth Glory wins 4 (6 draws)