That stat alone shows how ridiculous the A-League’s draw really is with most clubs yet to have the week off, but for some reason United have had two.
Anyhow, they are back in action this weekend and meet a Glory team who have scored the equal most goals (with Adelaide United) in the league and have two of the most dangerous goalscorers – Robbie Fowler and Mile Sterjovski – up and about.
That factor, doubled with the home ground advantage of nib Stadium, should see Perth take the chocolates and record a fourth win of the season.
Verdict: Glory 3-1.
Perth Glory v Gold Coast United
Date: Sunday, 12 September 2010
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Local kick-off: 3.00pm (5.00pm AEST)
Head-to-Head: Played 3: Perth Glory 0 wins, Gold Coast United 2 wins (1 draw)
Referee: Matthew Breeze
Perth Glory squad: 1. Tando VELAPHI, 2. Josh MITCHELL, 3. Jamie COYNE, 4. Andy TODD, 5. Jamie HARNWELL, 7. Jacob BURNS (C), 9.Robbie FOWLER, 11. Branko JELIC, 12. Scott NEVILLE, 14. Steven McGARRY, 16. Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17. Todd HOWARTH, 19. Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20. Aleks VRTESKI, 21. Mile STERJOVSKI, 22. Anthony SKORICH, 23. Andrija JUKIC, 24. Josh RISDON *three to be omitted*
In: Andrija JUKIC, Josh MITCHELL, Josh RISDON (all promoted)
Unavailable: Michael BAIRD (suspended – 1 week), Victor SIKORA (hip – 3 weeks), Chris COYNE (on loan -10 weeks)
Gold Coast United squad: 1.Glen MOSS [gk], 2.Steve PANTELIDIS, 3.Michael THWAITE, 5.ROBSON, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Zenon CARAVELLA, 8.ANDERSON, 10.Jason CULINA (c), 11.Bruce DJITE, 13.Bas VAN DEN BRINK, 14.Joel PORTER, 15.Tahj MINNIECON, 16.Kristian REES, 18.James BROWN, 19.Andrew BARISIC, 20.Scott HIGGINS [gk], 22.Adama TRAORE, 23.Steve FITZSIMMONS, 24.John CURTIS, 25.Chris BROADFOOT *five to be omitted*
In: 11.Bruce DJITE (new signing), 15.Tahj MINNIECON (promoted), 13.Bas VAN DEN BRINK (promoted), 23.Steve FITZSIMMONS (promoted), 25.Chris BROADFOOT (promoted)
Out: 21.Golgol MEBRAHTU (ankle injury – 1 week), 26.Ben HALLORAN (omitted)
Unavailable: Daniel Piorkowski (ankle injury – 4 weeks), Matt Osman (knee injury – indefinite)