MATCH PREVIEW: Lowe warns Glory not to underestimate Adelaide


Kenny Lowe has urged his team to be wary of Adelaide United when Perth host the winless Hyundai A-League champions at nib Stadium on Friday night.

While they sit at the bottom of the table, Lowe said the team position meant little this time of the season.

“I don’t think it makes any difference,” Lowe beamed.

“I mean at the end of the day they’re a good team. They’ve had some tough times with injuries. Those players are coming back. I think every game they’ve been, it’s been a one goal difference, and anyone can beat anybody.”

Perth has had no trouble in finding the back of the net so far this season, especially at home to strong crowds and Lowe is aware of the entertainment factor his team is producing.

“Yeah I think the last game was 13 or 14000 here oand it was brilliant you know. I think you see with us, every game’s an entertaining game. There seems to be goals involved. Probably not good from the coach’s perspective but certainly from an entertainment element we certainly get goals involved in games. It would be nice if we just get one more than them.”

Meanwhile there could be a few changes to the starting line-up wth Josh Risdon slotting back into his right-back position after being on international duty with the Socceroos in Thailand.

“Hopefully. He didn’t play obviously in the Socceroos game but he had a full training week in and I think he’s champing at the bit to have a kick, so once he comes in we’ll assess him.”

Adam Taggart is still a slight possibility of returning to the fold this week but Lowe insists it could be too early to make that decision.

“He trained yesterday. Again, we’ll see how he pulls up when we get to training. He’s been out five weeks and he’s only had maybe one proper session so it might be a bit premature but we’ll see.”

“We’ve got a few knocks and niggles in other areas that may eventuate an opening for him.”

Kick-off is at 7pm and tickets to the match can be purchased HERE.

Glory Facts and Stats

  • Perth Glory are undefeated in their last nine games on home soil (W6, D3), while Adelaide are yet to win away from home this term.
  • Perth Glory (55.6%) have the best shooting accuracy of any team this term in comparison to Adelaide (40.7%) who are eighth.
  • Andy Keogh is the only player so far this season to have scored from both left (1) and right (2) boots as well as via header (1).
  • Joseph Mills (71.4%) has the greatest success rate in terms of duels so far this season for Perth Glory.  Rhys Williams is second with 69%.
  • Marc Warren has won 87.5% of his tackles this season.  Rhys Williams is second with 80%.
  • Brandon Wilson has a passing accuracy of 88.8% this term from 116 passes.
  • Perth Glory (53.8%) have the highest percentage of duels won of any team this term.
  • Perth Glory has the second best shot conversion of any team this term, scoring 12 goals from their opening 6 games.  In comparison Adelaide are eighth in terms of shot conversion, scoring 6 goals this term.
  • Perth Glory has the second best cross completion of any team this term with Adelaide occupying seventh position.
  • Perth Glory is ranked third when it comes to goals scored this season with 12 – six goals above Adelaide United who sit equal last.
  • Perth Glory has the potential to finish Matchday seven in the top 3 of the Hyundai A-league.
  • Perth Glory are yet to lose a match this term when scoring first, meanwhile Adelaide United are yet to win after conceding first.
  • Andy Keogh sits equal second in the goal scoring charts with four goals this season.
  • Nebosja Marinkovic has created 13 chances in his six appearances this season, the most of any Perth Glory player. Second is Diego Castro with 10.
  • Perth Glory are third in average goals per game with 2.00 while Adelaide United are seventh with 1.00 average goals per game.


Friday, 18 November 2016
Perth Glory v Adelaide United
nib Stadium, Perth
7:00PM (WST) (10:00PM (AEDT))

Referee: Jarred Gillett
Assistant Referee 1: Josh Mannella
Assistant Referee 2: Matthew Southern
Fourth Official: Adam Fielding

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on Fox Sports 505 from 6.50pm (AEDT), and Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)
Radio Broadcast: 891 ABC Adelaide & ABC Local Radio South Australia, 720 ABC Perth & ABC Local Radio Western Australia, Grandstand Digital, online and via the app, EON Sports Radio (eonsportsradio.com)

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag #PERvADL

Perth Glory squad: 2.Alex GRANT, 4.Shane LOWRY, 5.Rhys WILLIAMS, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 8.Rostyn GRIFFITHS (c), 9.Andy KEOGH, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 13.Nicholas FEELY (gk), 14.Chris HAROLD, 16.Joe MILLS, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18.Mitch OXBORROW, 19.Josh RISDON, 20.Aryn WILLIAMS, 22.Adam TAGGART, 23.Kosta PETRATOS, 24.Milan SMILJANIC, 33.Liam REDDY (gk)

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 18.Mitch OXBORROW (promoted), 19.Josh RISDON (return from international duty), 22.Adam TAGGART (promoted)
Outs: 7.Joel CHIANESE (omitted)
Unavailable: Nil

Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk) (c), 3.Iacopo LA ROCCA, 4.Dylan McGOWAN, 5.Taylor REGAN, 8.ISAÍAS, 9.Sergi GUARDIOLA, 10.Marcelo CARRUSCA, 14.George MELLS, 15.Ben WARLAND, 16.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIC, 18.Riley McGREE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.John HALL (gk), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Ryan KITTO, 24.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 25.James HOLLAND

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 5.Taylor REGAN (promoted), 14.George MELLS (promoted) 
Outs: Nil
Unavailable: 7.HENRIQUE (knee – 3-4 weeks), 11.Sergio CIRIO (knee – 3-4 weeks), 23.Jordan ELSEY (knee – season)