Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory: All you need to know about this match
Perth Glory’s season is turning into a bit of a rollercoaster ride already. Last weekend they travelled home from New Zealand reeling from a 5-2 thrashing against Wellington Phoenix, but prior to that they managed to beat Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United either side of an expected loss to Hyundai A-League champions Sydney FC.
This inconsistency translates to their league position, with them sitting 6th in the table and teetering on the edge of dropping out of the playoff zone. They are just a point above Central Coast Mariners, but there’s a long way to go in this season yet.
Perth Glory’s troubles have all come away from home this season, and whilst they have only played two games at the nib Stadium they are yet to drop a point. Both of them have been edgy and have required winners in the final ten minutes, but their ability to snatch a victory will give them confidence.
Melbourne Victory were expected to challenge at the top of the table again this season, but just six games into the new campaign and they already find themselves out of the title race.
They haven’t won a single one of their six league matches, drawing four times and losing twice to put them second from bottom in the table. They are ten points adrift of leaders Newcastle Jets, and in a 27 game season that’s a huge deficit so early on.
Australia A-League 2017-18
Date: Sunday, 19 November, 2017
Kick off at 13.30 IST/ 9.00 CET
Venue: NIB Stadium/Perth Oval
Head to Head
Perth Glory have won three, drawn two, and lost one of their last six meetings with Melbourne Victory. They have won their last three home matches against Victory.
Perth Glory have won 100% of their home league matches this season, whilst Melbourne Victory have won 0% of their A-League outings.
Left back Marc Warren and striking trio Joel Chianese, Daniel Stynes, and Adam Taggart are sidelined for the hosts.
Melbourne Victory are without centre back James Donachie.
Victory have drawn both of their away games this season, but they came against the likes of Adelaide United and Central Coast Mariners, both of whom have been beaten by Perth Glory this season. The hosts are a marked step up in quality from these two sides, and given Victory’s current form, we can’t see them getting a win.
After Glory have won both of their home games so far I can see them snatching another three points here, so we’re backing a Perth Glory win alongside a 2-1 correct score predictions.