Perth Glory FC will resume its charge towards its maiden Hyundai A-League premiership when it takes on Melbourne Victory in “The Peoples Game” at nib Stadium on Sunday evening.
After the mid-season break, Kenny Lowe and his team will be in prime condition for the Australia Day eve clash which promises to thrill fans on and off the pitch.
Fans can look forward to an Australia Day theme with sausage sizzles, a concert and a kick around after the match on the hallow nib Stadium turf, as well as the giant clash between the table topping Glory and third placed Victory. Fans can run onto the pitch after the game and are being encouraged to bring their footballs. The team will be playing in its specially designed Australia Day kit, which embodies the traditional WA black and gold colours and most of all football pride and passion.
Glory will be hoping to continue its recent dominance over the Victory. Perth beat Melbourne 2-1 earlier this month in Geelong and mustered a dramatic extra-time 4-2 victory in the FFA Cup quarter final.
“Every game is a big game for us. It’s no different to any other“ Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe said.
“Hopefully we can coninute our solid run at home, as we start the second half of the season” he said.
Perth will be boosted by the arrival of new signing, Dragan Paljic from Holland as well as the re-signing of in-form left back, Scott Jamieson.With eight league goals under his belt Glory striker Andy Keogh will also be roaring to go after being named December’s Player of the Month.
One man who will be turning out in navy blue is Besart Berisha. The Albanian’s last two trips to nib Stadium haven’t been happy ones – picking up a hamstring injury in the Victory’s FFA Cup quarter final loss and a red card while playing for the Roar last January. Despite this horror record, Berisha will go down as one of the men to watch alongside Gui Finkler and the evergreen Archie Thompson.
The match is scheduled for a 5pm kick off on Sunday January 25.
This match promises to be the biggest and best home game so far so don’t miss out and make sure you secure your ticket to the The Peoples Game here
Hyundai A-League Fact 1
Glory sit on top of the League four points clear
Hyundai A-League fact 2
Perth Glory’s Andy Keogh has had more shots on target (20) to Besart Berisha (16)
Hyundai A-League Fact 3
Perth Glory’s Andy Keogh has scored more goals (8) than Victory’s Besart Berisha (7)
Hyundai A-League Fact 4
Andy Keogh is the second highest goal scorer in the League
Hyundai A-League Fact 5
Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory have conceded the same number of goals (15)
Hyundai A-League Fact 6
This will be the 30th clash between the two sides
Perth Glory Squad FC: 1.Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 3. Brandon O'NEIL, 5.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 8. Ruben ZADKOVICH, 9.Andy KEOGH, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 11.Richard GARCIA, 14. Chris HAROLD, 15. Jamie MACLAREN, 16. Sidnei SCIOLA, 19.Josh RISDON, 20.Daniel DE SILVA, 21.Scott JAMIESON, 22 Cameron EDWARDS, 23.Michael THWAITE (c) 27. Dragan PALJIC, 30. Jordan THURTELL
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 8. Ruben ZADKOVICH (promoted), 22.Cameron EDWARDS (promoted), 27. Dragan PALJIC (new signing), 30,Jordan THURTELL (promoted)
Outs: 2.Jack CLISBY (Released), 12.Jack DUNCAN (not selected)
Unavailable: 7.Youssouf HERSI (hamstring - season) 17.Mitch NICHOLS ( Hamstring - 4 weeks), 13.Diogo FEREIRA (groin - 1 week)
Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Nathan COE (GK), 2.Jason GERIA, 4.Nick ANSELL, 6.Leigh BROXHAM (c), 7.Gui FINKLER, 8.Besart BERISHA, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 11.Connor PAIN, 13.Andrew NABBOUT, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (GK), 21.Carl VALERI, 22.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 23.Adrian LEIJER, 24.Scott GALLOWAY
***two to be omitted***
Ins: 2.Jason GERIA, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 23.Adrian LEIJER
Outs: 18.Dylan MURNANE
Unavailable: 5.Mark MILLIGAN (international duty), 17.Matthieu DELPIERRE (injury)