With both sides struggling at the foot of the A-League table, this fixture doesn’t really supply too much in the way of excitement.
But it does have the potential to supply plenty of goals as both teams will be hell-bent on recording three points to ease some pressure and may forget how to defend as the need to produce a winning score heightens.
The match marks the return of Perth’s Robbie Fowler to Dairy Farmers Stadium for the first time since he left the Fury at the end of last season and it will be interesting to see the reception the Liverpool legend gets.
Another interesting point is how Glory coach Ian Ferguson will deal with his long injury and suspension list as a high number of players are unavailable for this match.
Young defender Brent Griffiths and forwards Michael Baird and Mile Sterjovski are all back which gives a bit of stress relief to Ferguson but the Fury regain Dyron Daal and Eugene Sseppuya who have proven to be dangerous in the attacking third this season.
This particular fixture doesn’t do a whole lot for a neutral observer so the best I can do is tip a goalfest and then hope it occurs.
Verdict: 2-2 draw
North QLD Fury vs. Perth Glory
Date: Sunday, 28 November 2010
Venue: Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Local kick-off: 5:00pm (6.00pm AEDT)
Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones
Head-to-Head: All matches (played 5): North Queensland Fury wins 3, Perth Glory wins 0 (2 draws)
Match fact: Having lost their previous three home matches, North Queensland Fury are aiming to avoid becoming the first team to lose four consecutive home matches in the Hyundai A-League since Brisbane Roar lost four consecutive matches in August-November 2008.
North Queensland Fury squad: 1. Justin PASFIELD (gk), 2. Jack HINGERT, 3. Brad McDONALD, 5. Mark HUGHES, 6. Ufuk TALAY (c), 7. Gareth EDDS, 9. Eugene SSEPPUYA, 10. Dyron DAAL, 11. David WILLIAMS, 12. Panagiotis NIKAS, 13. Andre KILIAN, 15. Chris PAYNE, 16. Simon STOREY, 17. Osama Malik, 18. Brett STUDMAN, 19. Isaka CERNAK, 21. Jason SPAGNUOLO, 23. Lorenzo SIPI, 24. Ramazan TAVSANCIOGLU, 28. Sebastian USAI (gk) *five to be omitted*
In: Dyron DAAL (back from knee injury), Eugene SSEPPUYA (promoted), Brett STUDMAN (promoted), Lorenzo SIPI (promoted), Ramazan TAVSANCIOGLU (new signing)
Unavailable: Eric AKOTO (knee – 4 weeks), Adam CASEY (ankle – 1 week), Chris GROSSMAN (knee – 3 weeks), Matthew HAM (knee – out for the season)
Perth Glory squad: 1. Tando VELAPHI (gk), 3. Jamie COYNE, 7.Jacob BURNS (C), 9.Robbie FOWLER, 10.Michael BAIRD, 11. Branko JELIC, 13.Tommy AMPHLETT, 14.Steven McGARRY, 15.Howard FONDYKE, 16. Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17. Todd HOWARTH, 18.Brent GRIFFTHS 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20. Aleks VRTESKI (gk), 21.Mile STERJOVSKI, 24. Josh RISDON *one to be omitted*
In: Brent GRIFFTHS (returns from suspension), Michael BAIRD (promoted), Mile STERJOVSKI (returns from flu), Josh RISDON (promoted)
Out: Josh MITCHELL (suspended - pending), Scott NEVILLE (suspended – 1 week)
Unavailable: 2.Josh MITCHELL (suspended), 5.Andy TODD (Hip – 1 weeks), 5.Jamie HARNWELL (calf -1 week), 6.Chris COYNE (on loan -January), 8.Victor SIKORA (Hip – season), 12.Scott NEVILLE (suspended)