Perth Glory v Adelaide United preview
The Western Australian club cannot take a trick in recent times and their bad luck/poor form continued on Saturday night when they lost 2-0 to Melbourne Victory.
No matter which players coach Ian Ferguson uses, the Glory cannot seem to find a winning formula and after such a positive start, their season has fallen by the wayside.
Tomorrow night they are in the comfort of nib Stadium but take on an Adelaide United side who dropped all three points to the Melbourne Heart on Friday night when they seemingly had both hands on the prize before two late goals.
That loss was the Reds' second in three matches but did not change the fact they are sitting clear in second place and they will be keen to bounce back here with a very winnable fixture.
The loss of Daniel Mullen for the season is a shame but will be offset by the return of centre-half Robert Cornthwaite who will lead the defence with Iain Fyfe, which doubled with the scoring form of Sergio van Dijk, should prove too much to handle for the Glory.
Verdict: Reds 2-1
Perth Glory vs. Adelaide UnitedDate: Wednesday, 22 December 2010 Venue: nib Stadium, Perth Local kick-off: 7:00pm (10.00pm AEDT) Referee: Chris Beath Head-to-Head: All matches (played 17): Perth Glory wins 4, Adelaide United wins 10 (3 draws) Match fact:Adelaide United midfielder Paul Reid is set to make his 50th Hyundai A-League appearance.
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Perth Glory squad: 1. Tando VELAPHI (gk), 2. Josh MITCHELL 3. Jamie COYNE, 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 7.Jacob BURNS (C), 9.Robbie FOWLER, 11. Branko JELIC, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 13.Tommy AMPHLETT, 14.Steven McGARRY, 15.Howard FONDYKE, 16. Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17. Todd HOWARTH, 18.Brent GRIFFITHS, 19. Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20. Alex Pearson (gk), 21.Mile STERJOVSKI, 22.Anthony SKORICH, 24. Josh RISDON *four to be omitted* In: Branko JELIC (promoted), Tommy AMPHLETT (promoted), Brent GRIFFITHS (promoted), Naum SEKULOVSKI (promoted) Out: Nil Unavailable: Andy TODD (hip - 2 weeks), Chris COYNE (on loan -January), Victor SIKORA (hip - season)
Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 3.Nigel BOOGAARD, 4.Iain FYFE, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS, 8.Adam HUGHES, 9.Sergio VAN DIJK, 10.Marcos FLORES, 12.Paul REID, 13.Travis DODD (c), 17.Iain RAMSAY, 18.Fabian BARBIERO, 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 24.Cameron WATSON, 26.Joe KEENAN *one to be omitted* In: Nigel BOOGAARD (promoted), Robert CORNTHWAITE (returns from injury) Out: Daniel MULLEN (knee - season) Unavailable: Mathew LECKIE (knee - 4 weeks), Joe COSTA (knee - season)