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Perth Glory face Sydney FC at Optus Stadium on Sunday evening in the Grand Final of the 2018/19 A-League season. Join The Roar for live coverage from 6:30pm (AEST).
Tonight, Perth plays host to an A-League Grand Final for the ages.
The two best sides in the competition, going head-to-head, on the biggest stage in Australian football.
The Glory are aiming for their first Grand Final win in the A-League era and Perth boss, Tony Popovic, believes his side will ’embrace’ the challenge in front of them.
The 45-year-old is looking to end his Grand Final curse as a coach after losing three deciders with former employer, Western Sydney Wanderers.
The Sky Blues might take a slight psychological edge into the game having won two of the three fixtures this season.
Sydney had to settle for second place on the A-League ladder though.
As impressive Premiers, Glory never looked like relinquishing their lead to their challengers – something Glory boss Tony Popovic has been keen to emphasize this week.
Sydney FC Head Coach, Steve Corica, is relishing his teams underdog status, and insists his boys are ‘fired up’ as the club go in search of a fourth championship.
It has been all good news coming out of both camps this week, with neither side reporting injury concerns from last weekend’s matches.
The semi-finals produced all the drama we have become accustomed to in A-League football.
Sydney demolished their rivals – and last years’ champions – Melbourne Victory.
While Glory overcame Adelaide United (eventually) in a western shootout John Wayne would be proud of.
And as the host city, Perth is more than ready to stage it’s first Grand Final in 16 years.
As the match unfolds and the autumnal day turns to night, a warm purple glow will wrap around the magnificent Optus Stadium.
With a record-breaking A-League crowd packed inside it will be the perfect setting for the beautiful game to enchant us all over again.
A week ago I had Perth Glory down as the champions-elect. That was before Sydney FC went and kicked a big V-shaped hole in the second semi-final. Now, I am not so sure.
I’m still swaying towards Glory. Defensively they are in better shape and have looked stronger this season. I do think it will take a moment of magic to win this final.
Perth Glory 1 – 0 Sydney FC
Join The Roar for live coverage from 6:30pm (AEST).
Where: Optus Stadium, Perth
When: Sunday 19th May 2019, 6:30pm AEST
TV: Fox Sports 505, 10 Bold, MyFootball Live App
Perth Glory squad
1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 3.Jason DAVIDSON, 4.Shane LOWRY, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 9.Andy KEOGH, 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 13.Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 16.Tomislav MRCELA, 17.Diego CASTRO, 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 20.Jake BRIMMER, 22.Fabio FERREIRA, 23.Scott NEVILLE, 27.JUANDE, 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 88.Neil KILKENNY
Sydney FC squad
1.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 2.Aaron CALVER, 4.Alex WILKINSON, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7. Michael ZULLO, 8.Paulo RETRE, 9.Adam LE FONDRE, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Danny DE SILVA, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 14.Alex BROSQUE, 16. Reza GHOOCHANNEJHAD, 17. Anthony CACERES, 18. Jacob TRATT, 20.Alex CISAK (gk), 22. Siem de JONG, 23. Rhyan GRANT, 25. Joel KING