Saturday will see Glory hosting A-League new boys Macarthur FC for the first time ever and what better way to prepare for this historic moment than by having a good chew over some numerical nuggets?
Stats the way we roll!
Cross King Kosuke
Glory’s Kosuke Ota is one of only four players to have made five crosses in open play per game this term, with Craig Goodwin, Craig Noone and Tommy Oar being the others.
The former Japan international has attempted 56 crosses in total.
Macarthur FC have won the joint-highest number of away games in the A-League this season (5).
And yet Ante Milicic’s men have lost their last three fixtures outside New South Wales by an aggregate score of 10-2.
Macarthur’s leading scorer Matt Derbyshire has bagged five headed goals this term, the highest number in the competition.
Nick D’Agostino and Bruno Fornaroli are Glory’s highest-ranked players in this category with three apiece.
As they have all season, Glory continue to lead the league in terms of shooting accuracy, boasting a return of 55% of shots on target.
In contrast, the Bulls are ranked second-last in this category on 43.1%.
Subject to fitness and selection, Macarthur could field as many as four former Glory defenders in Saturday’s game.
The men in question being Ivan Franjic, James Meredith, Antony Golec and Walter Scott.
Glory and Macarthur have both been awarded and converted just one penalty this term and neither side has scored directly from a free-kick.
Keogh On The Cusp
Andy Keogh could become Glory’s new all-time record A-League appearances holder by the end of the season.
The former Ireland international needs eight more appearances to take him to 144, one more than current record-holder Chris Harold.