Kenny Lowe has received a massive reprieve after his Perth Glory Football Club disposed of the Central Coast Mariners over the weekend at nib Stadium in Perth, Western Australia. However, the Purple Rain have the dilemma of facing a Kevin Muscat-managed Melbourne Victory side that is looking to finally snap out of their slump.
“We thoroughly believe we can get nine points this week,” said Glory’s Michael Thwaite. “That’s the message I’ve been putting to the guys here. I really believe we can turn the season around, we had a good win against a young Mariners squad and we deserved to win the game.
“We’ve got a massive opportunity. Three home games in one week are unheard of for us. We’ve done a lot of travelling during the season so no one likes coming to Perth.
“The positive sign is we’re over 6000 members and by the end of the year we’ll pass the number that we had last year. We had a great season last year so we want to see the members at the ground but they want to see us performing as well and I guess they want to see success at the club and we’re looking to turn that around this week.”
“We came up against a side (Wanderers) that was good on the night also and in the main moments they took their goals,” said Muscat. “We’ve had a little bit of a tough spell and we travel to Perth on Wednesday looking to right a few wrongs.
“Winning this competition is not easy and along the way there’s some difficult challenges you have to overcome. It’s our responsibility as a staff to find the solutions for those challenges and then it’s down to the players to implement it.”
Kickoff is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 2 a.m. PT/5 a.m. ET/6 p.m. AWST. Our special live blog start at a special time: midnight PT/3 a.m. ET, so for you earlybirds wanting to tune in, you can be sure of a great contest. Here’s what we think will happen in this game.
- At least five goals will be scored.
- Andy Keogh will score for Perth.
- Ante Covic will make at least five saves.
- Danny Vukovic will make under five saves.
- Sidnei Sciola will score.
- Besart Berisha will score.
- Kosta Barbarouses will score.
- One of the players off the bench from Victory will score.
- At least 40 fouls will be whistled.
- At least five cards will be issued.
- Under 10,000 will be in attendance.
This is going to be an exciting contest full of goals, but we think that after a second look at Perth’s performance against Central Coast, the Stoppage Time is confident that it will be a solid three points for Melbourne Victory, as this will be an important tune-up match for the Melbourne Derby at AAMI Park.
Melbourne Victory 3, Perth Glory 2