Looking at recent matches of the home side, Perth Glory were knocked out of the FFA Cup in the first round against Melbourne Victory (0:1). Getting knocked out in the first round is always disappointing and so was this defeat. Nonetheless, Perth Glory can be happy with their performance against football giant Chelsea in a friendly match, where they lost by only 1 goal. It was a defeat nonetheless, but a minimal one, which was a proud moment for Glory as well as for the entire A-League. Looking at their new additions, Glory signed new manager (Tony Popovic) who brought WS Wanderer’s goalscorer Brendan Santalab with him. These two additions were just what Glory needed and with an impressive performance against Chelsea, we expect them to go into this new season with their heads held high.
The visiting team, WS Wanderers are coming into this match after a 0:3 defeat against Sydney FC in FFA Cup. The match was scoreless by the end of the first 45 minutes, although WS Wanderers held most of the possession and even had a few shots on goal. Despite the somewhat boring 1st half, the 2nd half was a completely different picture. Sydney FC took charge and scored their 1st goal just 5 minutes into the second half, but they did not stop there. de Jong added another goal just 15 minutes after the first, which put Sydney in a comfortable lead of 2 goals with just 26 minutes left to play. Despite WS Wanderers efforts, they just couldn’t find their way to the net, managing only 2 shots on goal, both without any success. With tensions high, there is always a room for mistakes and WS Wanderers were the ones to make one. Wanderers »gave« a penalty to Sydney in 75′, which was converted into a goal by Le Fondre. The match ended with 0:3 which meant Sydney advanced into the finals, whereas Wanderers left the pitch disappointed.
Newly appointed manager of Glory, Tony Popovic has a great understanding of how WS Wanderers work. At the end of the day, he was their manager. Now for the first time, he is standing on the other side, and it’s not a secret, a win here would mean a lot to him. Taking all into consideration Perth Glory is a favorite in our eyes here. Their morale is high, they are playing at home pitch and they have a manager that knows their opponents all too well. That should be a reason enough for Glory to come out of this fixture with a W next to their name.
Prediction: Perth Glory -0.50 Asian Handicap
Odds: 2.36 SBOBET