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Western United FC
Western United FC
Another clash with finals implications comes to you as part one of a doubleheader from Bankwest Stadium. Perth Glory host Western United and you can join The Roar for live scores from 5:35pm (AEST).
Perth will be playing finals football this season. All that’s left to decide following this clash is whether they’ll finish in fourth or fifth spot on the ladder.
It won’t really make a big difference as they will have a tough match-up in the semi-finals regardless of where they finish, but Tony Popovic will be looking for a win here to stabilise after a wildly inconsistent run of results for his side following the season pause.
In an extremely uncharacteristic trend for a Popovic side, the Glory have conceded ten times in just three games. Much more resolute defence will be required if they are to make any noise in the finals.
The stakes are high for Mark Rudan and his side. As things stand, Western United still sit outside the top-six, two points behind Adelaide United.
Depending on the result of Adelaide’s clash with Melbourne City, United will need at least two points from their final three matches to overtake Adelaide and claim the sixth and final spot in the post-season.
A win here would go a long way to securing that spot and might well sink Adelaide completely.
After getting out to a comfortable 3-0 lead last time out, United let Wanderers right back into the game.
Two late goals from Max Burgess and Alessandro Diamanti secured the three points, but Rudan would have conducted an inquest into how they almost let such an important three points slip.
United’s attack hasn’t been an issue – it’s averaging more than two goals per game since the restart – but defence wins championships and they definitely won’t be winning this year’s without more resolute showings at the back.
United have more to play for and Perth’s frail defence worries me. Western United to take this one 2-0.
Venue: Bankwest Stadium
Kick-off: 5:35pm (AEST)
TV: Fox Sports 507
Live stream: Kayo Sports, My Football Live
Odds: Perth Glory $2.10, draw $3.50, Western United $3.75
Overall: Perth Glory 0, draw 1, Western United 0