The Best of the Day preview slips one past the ‘keeper with A-League tips for a vital Friday night showdown between Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory.
19:05 (AEDT), Fri 19th Mar @ BankWest Stadium, Sydney
History: Played 25: Perth 10 V Western Sydney 8 (7 Draws)
Last meeting: August 4, 2020: Perth 3 d Western Sydney 1 at BankWest Stadium
Final thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down the A-League Matchday 13 opener between high-flying Western Sydney Wanderers and a Perth Glory in desperate need of a win.
Western Sydney are second on the ladder with five wins and four draws from their 12 games.
— WS Wanderers FC (@wswanderersfc) March 18, 2021
After a two-game slide, they defeated Western United 1-0 away and outlasted Wellington in a 4-3 thriller at home.
Wanderers fought back from a deficit on three occasions against the Phoenix on Monday, finally taking their first lead courtesy of Kwame Yeboah’s 84th-minute goal.
— WS Wanderers FC (@wswanderersfc) March 15, 2021
Perth are ninth on the ladder, though they have played an A-League-low nine games. They have chalked up four wins and a draw to date.
But the Glory are on a three-game winless run, following up losses to Central Coast (2-1) and Wellington (3-0) with a draw against the Mariners.
The Glory were course for an important victory in the Gosford wet on Sunday but conceded a 90th-minute penalty for a 2-all result. Bruno Fornaroli did manage his fourth goal in five games, however.
— Perth Glory FC (@PerthGloryFC) March 14, 2021
The Glory are unbeaten in their last eight games against Wanderers, winning the last three straight.
Last season the Glory won 2-0 at home, and 1-0 and 3-1 in Sydney.
Last time we met…
As we prepare to lock horns with @wswanderersfc on Friday, how about a little reminder of last season's Round 26 clash at @BankwestStadium?@ALeague #OneGlory pic.twitter.com/9bgqFC5Gab
— Perth Glory FC (@PerthGloryFC) March 17, 2021
Perth boast one of the most potent offences in the A-League, but their propensity to leak goals – conceding at 2.2 per game, second-worst in the competition – is holding them back.
Western Sydney are the clear Best of the Day option to back at home on Friday night.