Adam Taggart returned from injury in Perth Glory’s 3-0 home loss to Adelaide Utd last round and may push for a start.
Melbourne City welcome back Manny Muscat following suspension, while new signings Dario Vidosic and Harrison Delbridge are in the mix.
Injured/unavailable: Scott Neville (groin), Marc Warren (ankle), Daniel Stynes (hamstring), Brandon Wilson (international duty)
Injured/unavailable: Bruno Fornaroli (ankle); Ruon Tongyik, Stefan Mauk, Bruce Kamau (all international duty)
MAIN PREDICTION: Perth Glory (+1) HOME WIN
Perth Glory have proved to be wildly unpredictable on home turf this season, with three wins and three losses, when nib Stadium has previously been a fortress. Coincidentally, Melbourne City’s away record is identical to Perth’s home record, so this is anyone’s guess.
The form line isn’t great for either side either, with Glory coming off back-to-back defeats, while City have recently had a three-match losing streak but managed a 2-1 home win over bottom dwellers Wellington Phoenix on Saturday.
The key factor is history with Perth enjoying a great recent record against City, having not tasted defeat against them at nib Stadium in the past nine encounters. I’m siding with the history factor and tipping Glory for the win. I think Glory on the +1 market is the safest outcome here.
SECOND PREDICTION: FIRST TEAM TO SCORE – MELBOURNE CITY
Perth Glory have only scored once in the first half of their six home games this season. Melbourne City have registered six first-half goals on the road. Perth have conceded nine goals in their past two games, so they are leaky at the back. City have scored first in two recent defeats to Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers, so I’m backing this to occur again.
HEAD TO HEAD
Perth Glory boast a dominant record against Melbourne City/Heart, with 13 wins from 26 encounters. City/Heart have only claimed six and drawn seven times. Glory have won their past three meetings, including two in Melbourne, and are unbeaten in their past five.