2016-17 Round 26 Preview- Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar

Last weeks win over Central Coast Mariners has given Brisbane a leg up in the race for a home game in week one of the finals, however John Aloisi’ side still need one win from their final two games to secure a home final.

In pursuit of that home final, Brisbane travel to Perth Glory for the second time this season in a game which is a must win for the home side if they hope to overhaul Brisbane or Melbourne City and host a final.

What Have they done lately?
Perth Glory are currently on a five game winless run and have gone from a good chance at hosting a final in week one to not being assured of participating in the 2016-17 finals. Perth, who enters round 26 in 6th position- six points out of 4th and four points ahead of 7th placed Wellington Phoenix.

While Perth have three players who have 10 or more goals this season, it’s at the other end where their problems lie. 48 goals conceded over the course of the season would rank them 8th on the table, with only Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners having conceded more.

This season against Perth Glory
FFA Cup Rnd of 32- Brisbane Roar 0-2 Perth Glory
Round 4- Brisbane Roar 2-1 Perth Glory
Round 20- Perth Glory 2-2 Brisbane Roar

Recent Form
Brisbane- WWLWL
Perth- DLLDW

Top Scorer
Brisbane- Jamie Maclaren (18)
Perth- Diego Castro & Adam Taggart (11)

Expected Line-Ups
With their must win Matchday 4 AFC Champions League fixture against Kashima Antlers in mind John Aloisi has opted to leave a number of first team players back home in Brisbane. Amongst those left at home include Avram Papadopoulos, Thomas Broich and Michael Theo who is available after his two week ban.

That opens the door for a number of the clubs younger brigade including the seldom used Nathan Konstandopoulos, Shannon Brady Kye Rowles and Cameron Crestani. It’s also potentially a big night for midfield duo Jacob Pepper and Manuel Arana, who are both running out of time to convince the coaching staff they deserve new deals.

Brisbane XI- Young, Hingert, DeVere, North, Brown, Pepper, Caletti, Holman, Borrello, Arana, Maclaren.
Substitutes- Bilic, Rowles, Konstandopoulos, Brady, D’Agostino.
Omitted- Crestani, Kristensen.

With Perth needing the three points to keep their hopes of a home final alive, Kenny Lowe is expected to field a strong attacking line-up with Adam Taggart, Andy Keogh and Diego Castro likely to form the basis of their attacks.

Rhys Williams and Rostyn Griffiths return after suspension, while young West Australians Mitch Oxborrow, Brandon Wilson and Joe Knowles potentially get another chance off the bench.

Perth XI- Reddy, Risdon, Williams, Djulbic, Mills, Griffiths, Goian, Harold, Castro, Taggart, Keogh.
Substitutes- Feely, Warren, Wilson, Garcia, Knowles.
Omitted- Chianese, Oxborrow.

All-Time Record against Perth Glory

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