Match Preview – Popa: We’re relishing the busy schedule


Head Coach Tony Popovic believes that his Glory players are relishing the hectic schedule that they experienced since the start of the month.

Wednesday’s home clash with Adelaide will be the club’s fifth game in 17 days, with another fixture to be played on Sunday when Newcastle Jets will be the visitors to nib Stadium.


But with his charges having secured ten points from the last four games, Popovic feels that his squad are in a good place.

“It’s so far, so good,” he said.

“We’ve got another two games to get through before we go back to a game a week. It’s been a difficult period, but I’m sure the players enjoy playing a lot more than training, so I’m sure they are looking forward to the games.

“It’s challenging with the travel and fatigue, but we’ve had some good performances and good results in the games we’ve played since our little break over Christmas and we hope that can continue tomorrow night.

“We’ve tried to freshen the boys up in terms of their recovery yesterday and today they’ll have a light session as well.

“The boys are fit and healthy and enjoying their football and obviously they should be happy with where they’re positioned. I’m sure they’re looking forward to trying to get another three points and staying where they are.”

Popovic went on to confirm that he was pleased with his side’s display away at Melbourne City last time out when both sides shared the spoils after a 0-0 draw at AAMI Park.

“I thought against Melbourne City we put in a good away performance and finished very strongly,” he said.

“We had some opportunities to maybe win it, but also never really looked like losing that game. Our mentality was very good throughout and that was a positive aspect.”

Glory will be looking to make it two wins from two against the Reds on Wednesday having claimed all three points when the two sides met at Coopers Stadium back in Round 4.

Tomislav Mrcela is the only confirmed absentee for the men in purple as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury.

Adelaide, meanwhile, will head West buoyed by an away win at Western Sydney Wanderers in their most recent outing.

Marco Kurz’s side have now lost just one of their last six games and of their six victories so far this term, four have come on the road.

Kick off is at 7pm and you can grab your tickets HERE.

Match Details

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Perth Glory v Adelaide United

nib Stadium, Perth

Kick-Off: 7:00PM (Local) (10:00PM (AEDT))

Referee: Adam Kersey

Assistant Referee 1: Arvin Shanmuganathan

Assistant Referee 2: Josh Mannella

Fourth Official: Adam Fielding

VAR: Kurt Ams

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Perth Glory squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Jason DAVIDSON, 4.Shane LOWRY, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 9.Andy KEOGH, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 13.Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 17.Diego CASTRO, 20.Jake BRIMMER, 21.Jacob ITALIANO, 22.Fabio FERREIRA, 23.Scott NEVILLE, 27.JUANDE, 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 88.Neil KILKENNY

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 4.Shane LOWRY (promoted), 21.Jacob ITALIANO (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 16.Tomislav MRCELA (thigh – 1 week), 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS (international duty)

Adelaide United squad: 1.Daniel MARGUŠ (gk), 2.Michael MARRONE, 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 4.Ryan STRAIN, 6.Vince LIA, 7.Ryan KITTO, 8.Isaías SÁNCHEZ (c), 10.Ken ILSØ, 11.Craig GOODWIN, 14.George BLACKWOOD, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 23.Jordan ELSEY, 26.Ben HALLORAN, 27.Louis D’ARRIGO, 28.Kristin KONSTANDOPOULOS, 32.Carlo ARMIENTO

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 27.Louis D’ARRIGO (promoted), 28.Kristin KONSTANDOPOULOS (promoted), 32.Carlo ARMIENTO (promoted)

Outs: 22.Michael JAKOBSEN (suspended – 1 week)

Unavailable: 9.Baba DIAWARA (knee), 18.Lachlan BROOK (knee), 33.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS (quad)