If recent history is anything to go by, there won’t be a second to stop and mull over stats, facts and vaguely-relevant historical match trivia once Sunday’s home clash with Adelaide United gets underway.
We’ll be too busy experiencing the thrills, spills, drama and excitement that this fixture has unfailingly delivered in spades over the last few years.
So best to digest this week’s Match File well ahead of time…
Sunday will mark the 26th occasion that the two sides have met at HBF Park, with Glory having collected 11 wins to Adelaide’s seven.
The ten most recent of those meetings have produced an aggregate total of 37 goals.
Mustafa Amini has taken the most shots for Glory this season with 33.
The most accurate shooter (of those who have taken 10 shots or more) is Jack Clisby who has hit the target with 52.9% of his efforts.
The top three overall goalscorers in this fixture all represented Glory.
Diego Castro, Bruno Fornaroli and Andy Keogh each scored seven times against the Reds.
Travis Dodd is next on the list having scored six times while representing both teams.
Adelaide skipper Craig Goodwin is level with Melbourne City’s Jamie Maclaren as the league’s leading contributor of goals and assists this term with 21 (10 goals, 11 assists).
The Socceroo attacking midfielder also leads the league for crosses delivered (230).
The average age of both the Glory and Adelaide squads is identical – 28.1 years
Central Coas.t Mariners have the youngest squad in the competition this year with an average age of 25.6.
Keegan Jelacic remains Glory’s most fouled player having been illegally challenged on 47 occasions this season.
The young midfielder has also committed the joint-highest number of fouls in the squad with 27.
Players to have represented both clubs include Jordan Elsey, John Koutroumbis, Travis Dodd, Scott Jamieson, Osama Malik, Adam Hughes, Fabio Ferreira and Carlo Armiento.
Javi Lopez is Adelaide’s leading tackler this term having put in 54 challenges.
The Spanish defender has also made the second-most interceptions for the Reds with 27.