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Perth Glory and Adelaide United are set to go head to head in an entertaining battle at NIB Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, with the ball first rolling at 7:30pm (AEDT).
Perth Glory has hit form in recent weeks after a slow start to the season, and they have now won their last four games. They have hit form ever since Tony Popovic rotated back to his favoured 3-4-1-2 formation and have been a great team to watch since then, they have won their last four games on an aggregate of 14-2!
They have been entertaining and have been surprisingly good even without Chris Ikonomidis, who is now the second choice to Joel Chianese in the role of the second striker. Diego Castro remains as influential as ever, registering four goals and four assists so far in the competition this season. They are favourites for this clash.
Adelaide United have lost four out of their last five games after crumbling to Sydney FC away from home last Saturday. They were boosted by the return of Riley McGree and he managed to get himself on the scoresheet again, but it wasn’t enough for Adelaide who now faces a tricky task in Perth away.
Bad news comes for Adelaide United in the form of James Troisi being out with a hamstring injury. As seen in my earlier article What’s wrong at Adelaide United earlier today, I’m not a big fan of James Troisi occupying the deep playmaker position, but his sense of calm and ability to create something out of nothing are qualities that Adelaide will lack heading into this game.
This could mean Ryan Kitto returning at left-back and Michael Maria being pushing into defensive midfield as seen earlier in the season, but a more conventional option is a direct replacement which would see Nathan Konstantopoulos start.
Perth Glory is almost unstoppable when in good form, and Adelaide United will struggle to keep up with their level of class.
Perth 3-1 Adelaide
Remember to join The Roar for a live blog of the game, with the clash kicking off at 7:30pm (AEDT).
Venue: NIB Stadium, Perth
Time: 7:30pm (AEDT)
TV: Fox Sports 505
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel GO
Odds: Perth $1.83, Draw $4.00, Adelaide $4.20
Perth Glory (squad)
Tando Velaphi (gk), Alex Grant, Jacob Tratt, Ivan Franjic, Dino Djulbic, Joel Chianese, Bruno Fornaroli, Kim Soo-beom, Matthew Spiranovic, Chris Harold, Brandon Wilson, Tomislav Mrcela, Diego Castro (c), Nicholas D’Agostino, Chris Ikonomidis, Jake Brimmer, Trent Ostler, Dane Ingham, Juande, Gabriel Popovic, Daniel Walsh, Liam Reddy (gk), Neil Kilkenny, Osama Malik, James Meredith, Gregory Wuthrich, Riley Warland
Adelaide United (squad)
Daniel Margush (gk), Michael Marrone, Ryan Strain, Michael Maria, Vince Lia, Ryan Kitto, Riley McGree, Kristian Opseth, George Blackwood, Nathan Konstandaopoulos, Nikola Mileusnic, Lachlan Brook, Paul Izzo (gk), Michael Jakobsen (c), Jordan Elsey, Pacifique Niyongabire, Ben Halloran, Louis D’Arrigo, Kusini Yengi, Isaac Richards (gk), Mirko Boland, Carlo Armiento, Al Hassan Toure