Time for another round-up of the latest goings-on at Glory HQ…
The Finals Equation
First and foremost, Glory have to win at Newcastle on Friday evening in order to keep their finals hopes alive.
Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar, the two other sides vying for sixth spot, meet at ANZ Stadium on Saturday where a win for the visitors would be enough for them to effectively seal sixth spot even if Glory do win on Friday due to the Queenslanders’ significantly superior goal difference [currently -5 to Glory’s -14].
A draw or a win for Wanderers, however, would see the race go down to the final round as Glory face Roar here at nib Stadium while Western Sydney host Adelaide.
If you’re still a little bit uncertain, this video might help!
The Injury Situation
The club’s physio department are delighted to confirm that there are no fresh injury concerns heading into the big clash at McDonald Jones Stadium meaning that Kenny Lowe again has a full squad at his disposal.
Brandon Wilson has been ill this week but may still recover in time join the travelling party which will make the long journey east on Thursday.
The Impressive Record
McDonald Jones Stadium in all its various guises has long been Glory’s favourite away ground.
Despite the journey itself being one of the most taxing they face, the men in purple boast a 52.63% win rate in the Hunter valley having claimed all three points on 10 of their 19 visits.
Earlier this season, Adam Taggart scored twice against his former club to secure a 2-2 draw in Round 2 and the scoreline was the same in the corresponding fixture last season.
In 2015-16, meanwhile, the visitors won there twice, Chris Harold and Diego Castro each scoring twice in a 6-1 romp before Krisztian Vadocz and Andy Keogh both found the net in a 2-1 victory later in the season.
Another crunch clash
There’s another intriguing game in prospect this weekend as our PGFC Academy side face NPL WA ladder leaders Bayswater City at Ashfield Arena on Sunday.
John Gibson’s side thumped Floreat 5-1 last time out and are currently sitting third, two points below Bayswater with both sides having lost just one of their opening six games.
Kick-off time for the First Team game is at 3pm, with the Under-18s in action at 11am and the Under-20s at 1pm.
And if you can’t make it to Ashfield, don’t forget that all of our home NPL WA games are now streamed live on our Perth Glory Facebook page.
A Glorious Night!
Tickets are now on sale for Glory’s night of nights, the QBE Most Glorious Player Awards.
Friday 11 May is the date and the Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth the glittering venue.
Click HERE to secure your place at what promises to be a night to remember.