The Opposition – Perth Glory


Sydney FC caught up with ABC Grandstand’s Clint Wheeldon, to delve into the transformation at this week’s opponents, Perth Glory.

Sydney FC caught up with ABC Grandstand’s Clint Wheeldon, to delve into the transformation at this week’s opponents, Perth Glory.

The Glory have had a win, draw and loss to start the season, is that indicative of their form?

Perth’s coach Alistair Edwards said at the start of the season he thought it could take the first 7 rounds for his team to gel, and I think their form so far this season is reflective of that. They were a long way from what they would have hoped for in their opening two games, but dominated possession and chances against Melbourne Heart.

What style of play is coach Alistair Edwards trying to get Perth to play?

An exciting, attacking one. He likes them to move the ball around, play out from the back and switch play often.

What changes have the side made over the off-season, do these make the Glory a stronger side?

For me Liam Miller was the biggest out from Perth during the off-season. He could be the most influential player in the league on his day. Nick Ward, Maitias Cordoba and Dean Heffernan also departed.

However, Ryan Edwards has shown plenty of ability in that role, his brother Cameron is another addition. I’ve really enjoyed watching the early form of Brazilian signing Sidnei. He’ll cause defences plenty of problems this season.
Former Blackburn player and Aust under 20, Jamie Maclaren is another youngster who’s been added and shows some promise.

Who is injured/unavailable this week?

Officially, just Zahra. Shane Smeltz has been named – and worryingly for the Sky Blues has a terrific record against Sydney.

Which players should Sydney FC keep an eye out for?

Sydney should keep a close eye on Sidnei. He terrorised the Heart last weekend. Shane Smeltz – obviously – three goals in his past two games v SFC tells its own story.

Who will be causing Perth the most headaches this weekend?

If he plays, Del Piero. I just love watching him play (who doesn’t) and after missing last week, I worry he’ll be fired up for a huge game. Richard Garcia is also back at home and might be gearing up for a big game in front of friends and family!

How do you see the match panning out?

I think Perth will win at home, they’re a side growing in confidence and Sydney just appeared a little shell shocked after last week. The loss of Grant is a massive one. That was just awful news. Control Del Piero’s impact – which I’d imagine will be the main role of Jacob Burns – and the three points is there for the Glory.

Will the predicted heat be a concern to either team?

Perth should be used to it – but it hasn’t been cold in Sydney over the past few weeks either – so I wouldn’t think it would have a massive impact.

Who wins and why?

Perth for me 2-0. Sydney’s away record is an issue – but let’s not forget, the Sky Blues are Perth’s bogey side! Sydney have win 7 and drawn 3 of their past 11 games.

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