Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar – A-League Betting Preview and Prediction
Perth Glory returns to the pitch for the first time in three weeks this Friday, February 26, when they clash with Brisbane Roar at HBF Park. This will mark their first meeting of the year and their first since February 2020, when they produced a 1-1 stalemate.
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Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar
When: Friday, February 26 – 19:05 AEDT
Where: HBF Park
Weather: Sunny, 35 °C
Perth Glory haven’t played a single match since Friday, February 5, when they beat Adelaide United 2-1 at Hindmarsh Stadium, where they scored in 73rd to level the score at 1-1 and got “awarded” with an own goal only 10 minutes later to steal the win. Even though it seemed like Perth stole that game, they played well enough to at least secure a draw. They ended the match with 63% ball possession, shot the ball 6/13 on target and completed 85% of their passes.
With that win, Glory are now 3-0-2 on the season with nine points to their name. Prior to beating Adelaide, Glory also won against Melbourne City (3-1) and Adelaide United (5-3) but were not as successful against Western United (4-5) and Melbourne City (1-2).
Glory seem to be holding on well, but a big question mark here is how they will look after a three-week-long break. Having a few days off to rest is one thing, but being out of action for almost a month surely doesn’t help.
Brisbane Roar enter this match with a 4-2-3 record and 14 points, which is good for second place in the league – only four points behind Central Coast Mariners with one more game in hand. Across thier last five league outings, Roar won against Adelaide (3-1) and Melbourne Victory (5-2), lost against Macarthur FC (0-2) and drew their last two against Newcastle Jets (0-0) and Sydney FC (0-0).
Even though a draw is not an optimal result, Roar played well and earned their point that day. They had 42% ball possession and shot the ball 4/12, while doing an excellent job defending their goal from Sydney who shot with 5/17 – thanks to Jamie Young who made a few quality saves throughout the match.
These sides last met on in February 2020, when they parted ways with a 1-1 stalemate at Dolphin Stadium. Roar conceded the first goal in the 33rd minute and were playing catch-up until 85th when Macaulay Gillesphey leveled the score to earn his side a point. That marked their second stalemate from their last two head-to-head meetings, so it might seem fair to assume another close affair is on the cards, however, the circumstances make us lean more towards Roar for this one.
For this match, it’s difficult to say how Perth will perform after such a long break. Will they be completely off-sync, or will they be fine? That element of the unknown is somewhat concerning and while we don’t know what to expect from Perth, we know what we will receive from Roar – quality football which they have been displaying all season long.
Prediction: Brisbane Roar +0.25 Asian Handicap