Stat Attack: Sydney FC v Glory – Semi-Final


Numbers well and truly crunched, trends revealed and historical trivia unearthed!

Here’s our stats-driven guide to Wednesday’s Grand Final rematch with Sydney FC…

Cagey Contests

Two of the last three meetings between Glory and Sydney FC have finished 0-0, the first of those being the Grand Final which the Sky Blues did, of course, ultimately win on penalties.

The sides have gone head-to-head 46 times in total, with those fixtures producing 133 goals at an average of 2.89 per game.

Record On Reddy’s  Radar

Liam Reddy saves on his knees

Glory ‘keeper Liam Reddy will set a new Hyundai A-League record for clean sheets if he manages to keep Sydney FC at bay on Wednesday.

The ex-Sky Blues shot-stopper produced his 85th career shut-out against Wellington last weekend to draw level with another former Sydney and Glory man, Danny Vukovic.

Quality Crossers

Glory lead the league for successful cross completion so far this term with 25.7%, while Sydney FC’s rate of 20.1% sees them ranked 11th.

Ivan Franjic has attempted the most crosses for Glory with 79.

Busy Brattan

Luke Brattan

Luke Brattan has been Sydney FC’s go-to midfielder this season, leading their stats for passes attempted (1614) interceptions (43), tackles attempted (57) and touches of the ball (2014).

Shooting Stars

Sydney FC and Glory lead the league this year in terms of shooting accuracy.

Of the Sky Blues’ 242 efforts, 130 have been on target (53.7%), while Glory produced 230 overall shots, with 122 of those on the mark (53%).

No Blues For Bruno

Bruno Fornaroli celebration face v Sydney FC

Glory striker Bruno Fornaroli may only have been on the winning side in one of his ten career appearances against Sydney FC, but he has still managed to score five goals in those games.

His overall tally for the current campaign is 13 which represents the Uruguayan’s best return since 2017.

Defensive Deets

Although Sydney FC have conceded the fewest goals in the Hyundai A-League this season with 25, Glory have kept the most clean sheets (9).

The WA side have also restricted their opponents to fewer shots on target than the Sky Blues – 102 to 108.

Bobby Dazzler!

Bobby Despotovski on the ball v Sydney FC

Glory’s first ever Hyundai A-League goal against Sydney FC was scored by Bobby Despotovski in October 2005.

But his 40th-minute effort could not prevent the NSW side from securing all three points on the night courtesy of a 2-1 win.