Stat Attack: Wanderers v Glory In Numbers

Mariners v Glory 2021 - Kosuke Ota on the ball

Bankwest Stadium is the destination for Richard Garcia’s men on Friday, so what can we expect when we lock horns with the second-placed Wanderers?

Well, as the 19 games played by the two teams this season have yielded an aggregate goal total of 75 (that’s 3.95 goals per game), you’d say probably not a 0-0 draw.

But let’s dig a little deeper and see what other stat nuggets we can find…

Fine Form

Glory have enjoyed taking on the Wanderers in recent seasons, losing just one of the last 12 meetings between the two clubs and winning the last three on the bounce.

That said, the men in purple have claimed maximum points only once in their last six games in New South Wales.

Creative Killa

Western United v Glory 2021 - Neil Kilkenny on the ball

Neil Kilkenny has been the second-most creative player in the A-League this season behind Western United’s Alessandro Diamanti.

The Glory midfielder has created 26 chances and provided six assists.

James Troisi is Wanderers’ highest-ranked player in this category with 23 chances created and two assists.

Heads Up

Glory have scored more headed goals (7) this year than any other side.

Western United and Macarthur FC have both scored six, while Western Sydney have bagged four.

Best Blocker

Ziggy Gordon

Western Sydney defender Ziggy Gordon leads the league for shots blocked this term with 19, seven more than any other player.

Still Saintly

Glory remain far and away the cleanest team in the competition this season having committed just 76 fouls.

To put that into context, Victory have committed 166 and Western Sydney 136.

Neither Glory nor the Wanderers have had a player sent off in 2021. 

Sharing The Load

Kwame Yeboah

Western Sydney have had 12 different goalscorers this season, while seven men have found the net for Glory.

Kwame Yeboah is Wanderers’ top scorer with three and Bruno Fornaroli has claimed seven for the men in purple.

Slow Start

It took Glory seven attempts to secure a first A-League win over Wanderers after the red-and-blacks joined the competition in 2012.

That maiden victory came in November 2014 when goals from defenders Scott Jamieson and Dino Djulbic did the damage.