Kenny Lowe‘s Perth Glory hit a purple patch en route to a 6-1 rout of the Newcastle Jets last weekend and are tipped by The Stoppage Time to continue their string of success against Kevin Muscat‘s Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium in Perth, Western Australia. The Victory are coming off a 1-0 win over Sydney FC but their production suffered as a result of Sydney’s defensive posture and poor finishing form.
Despite losing Michael Thwaite to Liaoning Whowin of the Chinese Super League, Diego Castro and Chris Harold have shouldered the load quite well and Castro in particular has been nothing short of reliable for the Glory as they chase Adelaide United for the sixth and final A-League Finals Series spot.
“I think Castro is the best player in the A-League, the best player by a country mile,” Lowe said of Castro’s skill set. “He’s very intelligent, knows the game inside out, just a super player.”
“I thought the players deserved what they got [last weekend]. The first 10 minutes we were perhaps slow out of the blocks, maybe we set up a little bit wrong, but the players provided a solution themselves on the park, which was good. It’s nice to get a win. We’ve deserved a few wins as we’ve moved forward so I guess we got what we deserved today when maybe we haven’t in other games.”
Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30 at 6:40 p.m. AWST/2:40 a.m. PT/5:40 a.m. ET. The Live Blog of this match is scheduled for 10 p.m. PT (Friday)/1 a.m. ET and includes coverage of Wellington Phoenix vs. Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC vs. Brisbane Roar. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the match between Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory.
- Diego Castro will score for Perth Glory.
- Besart Berisha will score for Melbourne Victory.
- Chris Harold will score for Perth Glory.
- Jamal Reiners will score for Perth Glory.
- Kosta Barbarouses will score for Melbourne Victory.
- Ante Covic will make at least five saves.
- Danny Vukovic will make under five saves.
- At least 40 fouls will be whistled.
- At least four cards will be issued.
- A penalty will be awarded.
This will be a high-scoring encounter at nib Stadium, but it will be the Glory that see this one out. We had awarded Diego Castro the Man of the Match honor at the last meeting between these two teams. Don’t be surprised if he replicates this achievement.
Perth Glory 3, Melbourne Victory 2