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There won’t be any shortage of entertainment at nib Stadium on Sunday, as Perth Glory’s Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League teams take on the Western Sydney Wanderers in a double header.

The fun will begin before the first match kicks off, with Football West’s inflatable football arena giving junior spectators an opportunity to have a kick and show off their own skills inside the stadium gates.

The A-League match will kick off at 5:30pm, with new signings Dino Djulbic and Neil Kilkenny both expected to feature for Glory.

Djulbic has trained with his new teammates all week, while Kilkenny is set to join in today’s session having flown in from Melbourne late on Wednesday.

And although several first-team regulars are still to return from injury, Head Coach Kenny Lowe feels the arrival of the new duo has given the rest of the squad a lift.

“We’re delighted to have brought two players of Dino and Neil’s quality on board, and Dino has already been buzzing around the place as he always does,” he said.

“Both of them are out-and-out winners with bags of experience and it’s great to have them in the group.

“As well as the quality they bring, they also bring an attitude to the game that is a great example for our younger players as they come through.”

Lowe’s selection options have been further boosted by the return of Brandon Wilson who missed four games while away on international duty with Australia Under-23s in China.

Glory will move level on points with sixth-placed Wanderers should they manage to secure a fourth home win of the season.

Josep Gombau’s side have been draw specialists on the road this term, sharing the spoils five times in nine away games, while also picking up wins at Central Coast and Brisbane.

Their recent record at nib Stadium is a poor one, however, as they have failed to win any of the last five meetings with Glory here in the West.

The Westfield W-League match will follow with kick-off at 8:15pm for Glory’s final game of the regular season against the 8th-placed Wanderers.

Last week’s thrilling 4-4 draw with Canberra United in Bunbury may have been a memorable occasion, but the result severely dented Glory’s finals hopes. Perth remains a mathematical chance of reaching the top four, but they are now relying upon other results around the league this weekend going in their favour.

Despite the harsh reality, the team is determined to finish the season on a high-note and will be giving everything to keep their slender chance alive in front of the home crowd.

Western Sydney, meanwhile, are out of contention for the finals but will be hoping to avoid the wooden spoon with a positive result.

It has been another stellar campaign for trailblazing Glory skipper Sam Kerr, with her hat-trick on Sunday in Bunbury earning her yet another coveted accolade. The well-taken treble against Canberra means that Kerr is now the club’s all-time record goalscorer having overtaken her former striker partner, Kate Gill.

Kerr will take to the pitch on Sunday night with a brand new achievement under her belt, having been awarded the Young Australian of the Year last night.

 

MATCH DETAILS

Hyundai A-League Round 18

Perth Glory v Western Sydney Wanderers

Venue: nib Stadium

Kick-off: 5:30pm

 

Westfield W-League Round 13

Perth Glory v Western Sydney Wanderers

Venue: nib Stadium

Kick-off: 8:15pm

 

Tickets: Click HERE

Please note that A-League prices apply for this game due to it being a double-header.