Sydney FC v Perth Glory
7:50 pm Saturday December 30, Allianz Stadium.
Broadcast: Live on Fox Sports and One.
Likely team: Redmayne; Wilkshire, Burns, Wilkinson, Zullo; O'Neill, Brillante; Misrzejewski, Brosque, Ninkovic; Bobo.
Player to watch: Bobo.
The Brazilian striker has moved to the top of the scoring charts after his hat-trick against Wellington Phoenix last week, notching up his 10th goal in just 12 games. He has an innate understanding with Sydney FC's other forwardsand enjoys a good record against Perth, scoring against them four times in the A-League.
Likely team: Reddy; Poscoliero, Grant, Lowry, Mills; Harold, Torres, Andreu, Castro; Italiano, Keogh.
Player to watch: Diego Castro.
So highly rated by Sydney FC is the Spanish attacking midfielder that the Sky Blues used two players to mark him when they met the Glory at home last season. He'll likely come under special attention again as Sydney look to consolidate their home record.
In the dugout.
Graham Arnold, Sydney FC.
The only player in doubt for Saturday's game is centre-forward Matt Simon who is struggling with an injury but otherwise there's a clean bill of health for Arnold to select from. He wasn't happy with Sydney's performance against Wellington, despite the 4-1 win and wants a more polished display against Perth.
Kenny Lowe, Perth Glory.
A recent resurgence in form has put the Glory back into contention and a rare scalp against Sydney FC would elevate the club into contenders immediately. Injuries to Scott Neville and Adam Taggart don't help Lowe's cause however the performances of impressive teenager, Jacob Italiano provides confidence for Perth fans.