It’s a touch later in the week than normal, but we hope this latest batch of stats (OPTA-driven!), facts and trivia is worth the wait…
Glory have lost only one of their last 18 Hyundai A-League away games and took six points from their two meetings with Victory on the road last season.
Glory striker Bruno Fornaroli has had the most touches in the opposition box (47) of any player in the league this term, 12 more than Melbourne Victory’s best, Elvis Kamsoba (35).
James Donachie has been a key figure for Melbourne Victory this season, currently leading the club’s stats for passes attempted (in both own and opposition half), as well as clearances.
But the 26-year-old has only been on the victorious side in three of his ten appearances against Glory.
Melbourne Victory are winless from their last four Hyundai A-League matches (D1, L3).
The navy-and-whites have not endured a longer winless stretch since a seven-match run (D4, L3) from May to November 2017.
Happy, to be at AAMI
AAMI Park is Glory’s second-most successful away ground currently in use in the Hyundai A-League.
The men in purple have picked up nine wins and nine draws and suffered nine defeats from their 27 visits to date for a splendidly neat win-percentage of 33.33%.
Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium remains comfortably Glory’s happiest away hunting ground, with the WA side enjoying a 54.55 win-percentage there.
Pass, pass, pass!
Perth Glory have had the most successful passes ending in the final third (785) of any side this A-League season, 152 more than any other team.
Diego Castro (293), Neil Kilkenny (290) and Juande (273) occupy the top three spots across the entire league when it comes to passing in the opposition half.
Shoot, shoot, shoot!
Ola Toivonen has had the most shots for Victory this season (21), but only six have been on target.
Bruno Fornaroli leads the way for Glory in this category and 11 of the Uruguayan’s 23 shots have been on target.
Neither Glory nor Victory have scored in the opening 15 minutes of the second half in any game thus far this term.
Four of Glory’s seven goals have come in the final 15 minutes of the first half , while Victory’s most productive period has been between the 61st and 75th minute when they have found the net three times.