Both Perth Glory and Brisbane Roar will be looking for three points to keep them in touch with the top six when they meet at nib Stadium tonight. We’ll have live scores from 9.45pm AEDT.
Less than twelve months ago these two sides played out one of the most dramatic A-League grand finals in history, with Brisbane’s late penalty ensuring a 2-1 win and back-to-back A-League premierships.
How times change. Perth and Brisbane currently occupy ninth and eighth positions respectively and with 10 matches left in the A-League season, both face an uphill to find their way into the A-League’s top six.
Brisbane started well last weekend at home to Western Sydney, but they were gradually overrun by the Wanderers and there was no doubt a sense that the better team had taken the three points.
They’ve lost their past three matches on the bounce, a record slightly better than tonight’s opponents, who have managed just two draws from their past five.
Perth began the season as one of the favourites for the A-League title, but have failed to live up to expectations.
Despite the attacking threats of Shane Smeltz and Liam Miller, Ian Ferguson’s side have failed to fire in front of goal, registering 18 goals in 17 matches, the worst attacking record in the A-League.
With Besart Berisha beginning to find form for the visitors, it’s time for the Glory’s big-money signing Smeltz to improve on his measly tally of five goals for the season.
If he doesn’t Perth will find it difficult, both tonight and for the remainder of the A-League season.