It probably can’t get any worse for the struggling Perth Glory who have now slumped to seven-straight defeats and are now just three points off the bottom after leading the league after five weeks.
The 5-0 capitulation to Central Coast Mariners last weekend is their lowlight and you would think that whatever they produce tonight will be better than that.
Coach Ian Ferguson might have to make some changes to get back to a winning formula but I’m afraid it may not happen tonight as a hungry Melbourne Heart come to town.
The A-League’s new boys have continued to improve in their debut season and with eight points out of a possible 12 in their last four matches, are clearly on the way up.
A solid 2-0 away win over the Newcastle Jets on the weekend will have them primed for another scalp away from AAMI Park and with the experienced Dean Heffernan back on the park, the Heart look like winners here.
Verdict: Heart 2-0
Perth Glory v Melbourne Heart
Date: Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Local kick-off: 7.00pm (10.00pm AEDT)
Head-to-Head: All matches (played 1): Perth Glory wins 0, Melbourne Heart wins 0 (1 draw)
Referee: Peter O’Leary
Perth Glory squad: 1. Tando VELAPHI (gk), 2. Josh MITCHELL 3. Jamie COYNE, 4. Andy TODD, 5. Jamie HARNWELL, 7.Jacob BURNS, 9.Robbie FOWLER, 10. Michael BAIRD, 11. Branko JELIC, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 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, 22. Anthony SKORICH, 25. Ryan PEARSON *five to be omitted*
In:, Jacob BURNS (returns from suspension), Josh MITCHELL, Tommy AMPHLETT, Howard FONDYKE, Brent GRIFFTHS (all promoted)
Unavailable: Chris COYNE (on loan -4 weeks), Victor SIKORA (Hip – 2 weeks)
Melbourne Heart squad: 1.Clint BOLTON, 2.Michael MARRONE, 4.Simon COLOSIMO, 5.Michael BEAUCHAMP, 6.Matt THOMPSON, 7.Rutger WORM, 9.Gerald SIBON, 12.Peter ZOIS, 17. Jason HOFFMAN, 19.Eli BABALJ, 20.Josip SKOKO, 21.Kliment TASESKI. 22.Nick KALMAR, 23.Dean HEFFERNAN, 24.Aziz BEHICH, 25.Adrian ZAHRA*one to be omitted*
In: Dean HEFFERNAN (returns from injury)
Out: Alex TERRA (injury – 1 week), Wayne SRHOJ (suspended)
Unavailable: Brendan HAMILL (ankle – 3 weeks), Kristian SARKIES (broken leg – 5 weeks), John ALOISI (knee – 1 week)