Perth Glory will be out to secure wins when their men’s and women’s teams take on Melbourne Victory in Sunday’s double-header at nib Stadium.
Over the years the men’s clashes with Melbourne Victory have rarely lacked drama and excitement and Kenny Lowe is expecting that trend to be maintained in Sunday’s Round 7 meeting.
Honours were even last term with a win apiece along with a draw in Round 9, but you have to go back to 2014 to find the last time the navy-and-whites enjoyed the taste of victory here in the West.
Despite that poor run and the fact that they are still searching for their first win of the season, however, Head Coach Lowe is predicting that the navy-and-whites will come out all guns blazing this weekend.
“I know our members and fans look forward to these Victory games and it’s the same for the staff and the players,” he said.
“There always seems to be plenty going on in terms of goals, controversy and thrills and spills and it’s hard to imagine that Sunday’s game will be any different.
“Kevin [Muscat – Victory’s Head Coach] will have his lads fired up as they look for that first win and given the size and quality of their squad, you imagine it’s only a matter of time before they start putting some results together.
“Obviously we just need to make sure that they don’t start that improvement this week!
“I can’t see it being anything other than an open game as both sides have great attacking options and I’m sure everyone will be kept on the edge of their seats.
“We’re determined to make it three from three at home.”
Meantime, Glory Women will be looking to bounce back into the winner’s circle when they take on Melbourne Victory’s women’s team.
The Glory women succumbed to their first loss of the season at Adelaide United last Friday, with captain Sam Kerr and fan-favourite Nikki Stanton both unfortunately missing the 3-1 defeat through injury.
The squad, who remain top of the Westfield W-League despite that reverse, will be back in front of the Glory faithful in what should an entertaining encounter against a revitalised Victory side (7th) who are fresh off a bye in Round 3.
Sunday, 19 November 2017
nib Stadium, Perth
Perth Glory Women v Melbourne Victory – 1:30pm kick off
Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory – 4:00pm kick-off