It’s that time of the week again…
No previous meetings with Western United to draw any stats from, of course, but we’ve hopefully still crunched enough numbers to keep you in the know ahead of Saturday’s clash at GMHBA Stadium.
V for Victory in Victoria!
Glory’s recent visits to The Garden State have been very productive, with just one defeat in the last seven.
That loss came in January 2018, while last season saw Tony Popovic’s men pick up ten points courtesy of two wins and two draws at AAMI Park.
Diego Castro has been directly involved in five goals in his last four Hyundai A-League games (3 goals and two assists).
The Spaniard has found the net a total of 39 times in 98 appearances in purple.
Glory’s away record last season of eight wins, four draws and one defeat was comfortably the best in the club’s Hyundai A-League history.
At one stage, the men in purple went 14 away matches unbeaten.
Recent Western United recruit Besart Berisha has scored 16 Hyundai A-League goals against Glory, the joint-second most of any player against a single opponent in the history of the competition.
The most recent of those came for Victory in Round 7 of the 2017/18 season.
Western United’s Josh Risdon still holds Glory’s Hyundai A-League appearances record with 142.
But the Bunbury local is close to being overhauled by good friend and former housemate Chris Harold who is poised on 140.
Neil Kilkenny maintained his prolific possession stats in Sunday’s season-opener against Brisbane Roar.
The former Melbourne City man attempted the most passes (72) and had the most touches (84).
His midfield partner Juande was next best for Glory with 70 passes attempted and 78 touches.
Joy in Geelong!
Western United may be new opponents, but this will not be Glory’s first visit to the start-up club’s GMHBA Stadium home.
In January 2015, Kenny Lowe’s side played Melbourne Victory at the Geelong venue and emerged with a 2-1 win.
Glory’s line-up that day included Chris Harold (who scored one of the goals), Dino Djulbic and Josh Risdon, all of whom could feature again this weekend.