It’s that time of the week again… here’s your main plate of perfectly-blended facts and figures accompanied by a zesty side-salad of historical context.
Juande has the highest passing accuracy percentage in the Glory squad with 88.1, with Matt Spiranovic second on 86.1 and Neil Kilkenny third on 85. Vince Lia leads the way for Adelaide with 85.9%, just ahead of Nathan Konstandopoulos (85.5%)
Glory have lost on just one of their last four visits to Coopers Stadium and won there 2-0 in Round Four of this season courtesy of second-half goals from Andy Keogh and Chris Ikonomidis
Glory also won their first away Hyundai A-League clash with the Reds back in November 2005, but then had to wait over five years for their next victory in the South Australian capital.
Glory (9) and Adelaide (7) lead the league this year in terms of headed goals. Andy Keogh and Shane Lowry have nodded home two each for the men in purple, while Craig Goodwin has bagged three headers for the Reds and George Blackwood has claimed two
Home and Away
Adelaide have almost identical records at home and on the road this season, having picked up 16 points at Coopers Stadium and 15 on their travels. Glory, meanwhile, remain unbeaten away from home this term where they have picked up a total of 22 points
Reds and Yellows
Adelaide have received the fewest yellow cards in the competition this season with 31, but Glory are still ranked the cleanest team overall having committed the least fouls (221) and copped just the one red card
Foxes in the Boxes
Glory (82%) and Adelaide (81%) are first and second in the league respectively when it comes to the percentage of their goals that have been scored from inside the box. The Reds, however, are joint-last for goals scored from outside the box with just 4%
Not So Familiar
Unusually for a Hyundai A-League game, Adelaide’s squad on Friday will not contain any former Glory players. Fabio Ferreira, meanwhile, is the only member of Glory’s current squad who was previously on the Reds’ books.