Date: Sunday November 18, 2012
Kick-off: 2.00pm local, 5.00pm AEDT
Venue: NIB Stadium, Perth
Past five matches:
Perth Glory: LWLWD
Western Sydney Wanderers: LLWWL
Perth Glory host Western Sydney Wanderers at nib Stadium in Round 7 A-League action on Sunday.
The fourth-placed Glory led high-flying Adelaide United at the interval last weekend after a Billy Mehmet goal but had to share the points after Dario Vidosic levelled shortly after the resumption.
The seventh-placed Wanderers were unlucky not to at least gain a point from their 2-1 loss to the Jets at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night.
Riding high on confidence after consecutive victories, Tony Popovic's men led early but conceded two goals before the break and were unable to find an equaliser despite dominating the second stanza.
Neither side has taken a backward step this season, meaning Sunday's clash promises to be a willing affair.
The big issue
Perth Glory - Last year's runners-up will be looking to intimidate the new kids on the block in front of their parochial home fans and will be unhappy with anything other than three points. Ian Ferguson's men kept two clean sheets in their first three games but have conceded in each of their past three outings. An improved defensive performance will go a long way to getting the win considering their potent forward line.
Western Sydney Wanderers - How the Wanderers respond from last week's disappointing loss will go a long way to deciding how the rest of their season pans out. They were desperately unlucky not to get something out of the Jets clash but must dust themselves off and give the Glory their full attention. Popovic lamented his side's inability to take their chances against the Jets. If they do the same against the Glory at home it'll be a long afternoon.
Shinji Ono - The Japanese superstar was the best player on the park against the Jets, setting up the Wanderers' only goal and creating a host of other chances. A repeat performance could be enough to lead his side to an upset victory.
Perth 2-1. The Glory could move into a share of top spot with a win depending on other results, while the Wanderers need something out of the game to stay in touch with the top six. The hosts deserve to enter the clash as favourites but the competition newcomers have shown they fear no one and are more than capable of pulling off the upset if the Glory take them lightly.