Perth will put their premiership credentials to the test when they travel to AAMI Park to take on Melbourne City.
The Glory face their first away test of the campaign after enjoying back-to-back games at home, however, they will need to lift significantly on the away form shown last season if they are to take the points here.
Melbourne City were sensational in dismantling the Victory last week which showed exactly why they are the premiership favourites.
HOME SIDE SENSATIONS
One remarkable trend to come out of recent clashes between these sides is that the home team is unbeaten in 14 games! That takes in 11 Wins and three Draws.
That stat will be daunting for Perth who weren’t great on the road in season 2015/16, winning just five times from 15 matches.
Australia’s greatest Socceroo, Tim Cahill, didn’t take long to announce himself on the big stage by scoring a screamer in last week’s Derby against the Victory. His class was evident even after that as he linked up remarkably well with Bruno Fornaroli and teammates to comprehensively thump their rivals.
Cahill and the rest of the team will only be better this week having got that game under their belts.
GOALS FOR GLORY
Perth have plenty of attacking weapons so that is sure to keep City on their toes throughout the game.
They are averaging 2.5 goals per game already this season but having Drawn with Central Coast and beating Wellington, this is definitely their hardest assignment to date.
While Andy Keogh is yet to score this season, Perth’s goals have come from Diego Castro and Adam Taggart while Nebojsa Marinkovic banged home a screamer last week. The point? They can be dangerous from anywhere.
HOW IT PANS OUT
Melbourne City played some fantastic free flowing football last week and went through the Victory defence almost at will. Perth kept a clean sheet last week but the big concern for coach Kenny Lowe is that they can be prone to falling asleep as evidenced by their 3-3 draw in the opening round.
City welcome back Thomas Sorenson from suspension which makes their team even stronger and with five different scorers already this season, they appear to have too much for Perth at this stage.
Melbourne City – lost just three times at home last season
TOTAL GOALS OVER/UNDER
– Overs! This clash generates an average of 3.5 goals per match in their last six encounters
– Bruno Fornaroli (City). Has cored in three of the last four games between the sides including a double the last time they met.