A generous helping of OPTA stats, thoughtfully seasoned with some historical context and pre-crunched numbers of our own.
This, slightly later in the week than normal, is stat attack!
Five and counting
Glory are undefeated in their last five Hyundai A-League games against Western Sydney Wanderers (W2, D3), with neither side managing a clean sheet in that period.
Last season’s meetings produced two 1-1 draws and a dramatic 4-3 victory for Tony Popovic’s men.
It wasn’t until their seventh meeting with Wanderers that Glory managed to get the better of them.
Dino Djulbic and Scott Jamieson scored in a 2-1 win for the home side at HBF Park in November 2014.
Glory have a passing success rate of 87% in the middle third of the pitch this Hyundai A-League campaign, the highest of any team in the competition.
That’s ten percentage points higher than the second-lowest ranked Western Sydney Wanderers (77%).
Red, Black and Purple
5 of the top 15 players in Wanderers’ all-times appearances list have also played for Glory.
The men in question are Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Brendon Santalab, Ante Covic, Mitch Nichols and Scott Neville.
Loading The Bullets
Daniel Georgievski has provided the assist for three of Western Sydney Wanderers’ last five Hyundai A-League goals.
Glory’s assist king thus far this term is Neil Kilkenny with two.
Seven players have started all eight Hyundai A-League games for Glory this season – Liam Reddy, Greg Wuthrich, Diego Castro, Chris Ikonomidis, Juande, Neil Kilkenny and Bruno Fornaroli.
Skipper Mitchell Duke is Western Sydney’s top goalscorer this term with four.
Bruno Fornaroli is leading the way for Glory with three and the Uruguayan has also chipped in with an assist.
In The Nick Of Time
Nick Ward, who would later join Wanderers, was Glory’s first ever scorer against the red-and-blacks in December 2012.
He bagged a late goal to seal a 1-1 draw at Patersons Stadium.