Fourteen points separate Perth Glory and Melbourne City ahead of their encounter on Saturday, but if the visitors top scorer McCormack doesn’t play then we could have a much closer game on our hands. Melbourne City are one of just three teams in the A-League to boast a positive goal difference, with the other two being second placed Newcastle Jets and league leaders Sydney. The goals of former Aston Villa, Leeds, and Fulham striker Ross McCormack have played a huge roll in City’s success this season, with the Scot scoring fourteen goals in fourteen starts. The hosts will be hoping that McCormack fails to recover from his injury in time to play on Saturday, but either way Perth Glory have to find a way to get more points on the board, having lost five of their last six in the league.
When the two sides met in the league last month McCormack proved the difference, as Melbourne City claimed a 2-0 win in Brisbane. The Scottish striker took just nine minutes to break the deadlock and then doubled the visitors lead via a thirty-eighth minute penalty. Melbourne saw more of the ball during the ninety minutes, but Perth created plenty of chances of their own to score. The hosts ended the game with eight shots on target, but failed to make any of those chances count and paid the ultimate price.
Melbourne City head into this weekends latest encounter between the two clubs as the form favourites, after the visitors picked up three wins, two draws, and one defeat from their last six matches. Perth have been in really poor form of late with one win and five defeats in their last six league games, which suggests the hosts are going to have to be at their very best to take all three points against Melbourne City. Perth’s last five games have produced over 2.5 goals and witnessed both teams getting on the scoreboard, while Melbourne have seen five of their last six produce over 2.5 goals.
Spanish midfielder Diego Castro top scores in the league for Perth with six goals, while former Wolves striker Keogh has five. McCormack has netted fourteen in his first season in the A-League, and if the Scottish striker fails in his bid to recover from injury then the onus will be on Budziński to add to his five league goals this weekend.
We’re confident that over 2.5 goals will be scored in this game and that both teams will get on the scoreboard, as five of both teams last six games have produced over 2.5 goals and Perth’s last five games have seen both sides score. As for a final score, we’re going with a a narrow 2-1 win for the visitors, who should have enough within their squad, even if McCormack is out injured.
Head To Head
These two clubs have played one another twenty-seven times before, and with 13 wins, 7 draws, and 7 defeats i’ts Perth Glory who have enjoyed this fixture more often than Melbourne City.
Perth Glory vs Melbourne City Stats
- Melbourne City have won three of their last six matches
- Perth Glory have lost five of their last six matches
- Five of Perth’s last six matches have seen both sides score and over 2.5 goals
- Three of Melbourne’s last six have witnessed both teams score, and five of their last six have produced over 2.5 goals